If Russia invades Ukraine, it will receive strong economic sanctions, - Foreign Minister of Finland

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the minister, the West will respond with additional economic sanctions to Russia's interference in Ukraine's sovereignty
16:35, 3 January 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto

If Russia invades Ukraine, it will receive strong economic sanctions. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Pekka Haavisto, reports Yle.

"If events begin to unfold according to the worst scenario, then the West will quite obviously react with additional economic sanctions. I really want to believe that situation will not come to this. But if one of the parties begins to redraw the map of Europe with the use of force and interfere in the sovereignty of other states, then the first step is in response, there will be powerful economic sanctions, "the minister said.

US President Joseph Biden held the first telephone talks this year with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The dialogue took place on the evening of January 2.

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According to White House spokesman Jen Psaki, Biden made it clear that the United States and its allies and partners would give a decisive response if Russia attacked Ukraine.

On December 30, at 22:35 Kyiv time, the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, had a telephone conversation. The conversation lasted 50 minutes. During a telephone conversation, Joe Biden called on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the situation around Ukraine and threatened Russia with consequences in the event of an invasion of Ukraine.

Bloomberg recently reported, citing satellite imagery, that Russia continues to build up its military forces near the border with Ukraine.

At the same time, it became known that the European Commission has already prepared sanctions against Russia in case of its invasion of Ukraine.

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