New international sanctions might be imposed against Russia due to its aggression against the Ukrainian vessels in Kerch Strait, as Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“Russia’s aggressive attack in the Black Sea occurred two weeks before the European Council session and less than a week before the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs meeting, we received a quick reaction of the countries and their firm position. We got political support from NATO, from the EU and some other partner-states concerning the inadmissibility of the violation of the international law by the Russian Federation,” she stated.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, this led to additional sanctions against Russia for non-compliance with Minsk Agreements on settlement of the situation on the East of Ukraine without any discussions. Sanctions for conduction of illegal elections on the occupied territories were approved.
“I do not exclude the fact that the new anti-Russian sanctions might be imposed. This should be done to make the Kremlin feel that such bold move will be punished,” the Vice Prime Minister noted.
Besides, according to her, the fact that Russia did not recognize the Ukrainian sailors as POWs, that it is not ready for the humanitarian cooperation so that the international organizations could gain access, might encourage the European states to return to discussions of imposition of sanctions due to this attack.
“Of course, we will continue insisting that such behavior should not remain unpunished,” she stressed.
At the same time, the Vice Prime Minister predicted that Russia would continue behaving aggressively.
As it was reported, on December 26, Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council imposed sanctions against the Russian legal and physical entities for carrying out illegal elections in occupied Donbas and for Russia’s aggression in Kerch Strait.
On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.