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Belgium to support sanctions against Russian citizens involved in Kerch Strait attack

Today the meeting between PACE delegates and Didier Reynders, the Minister of Foreign Affair of Belgium took place
21:49, 8 February 2019

The meeting between PACE delegates and Didier Reynders, the Minister of Foreign Affair of Belgium
Volodymyr Ariev Facebook

Belgium is ready to sign sanctions against the Russian citizens, involved in the attack on Ukrainian military vessels in Kerch Strait and in capturing the crew. Volodymyr Ariev, the President of PACE Committee for Culture, Education, Science and Media, the MP of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, reported this on Facebook.

Related: Russia not to force Ukraine to refuse from using Kerch Strait, - Ukraine's Defense Minister

“The meeting between the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Didier Reynders, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium had lasted for two hours. It was an interesting and frank conversation, during which we found out that Belgium supports the sanctions against the citizens of the Russian Federation, who were involved in the attack on Ukrainian military vessels in Kerch Strait and in capturing the crew”, - Ariev wrote.

According to Ariev, the Minister of Foreign Affair of Belgium believes that we should not build the wall between Ukraine and Russia.

Related: Ukraine to continue using Kerch Strait despite Russia's threats, - Defence Minister

“I pointed out that we are building not the wall, but the fortification, and whether we should build or should not depend only on the current situation in the countries. Our country has no other choice”, - he added.

Didier Reynders said he would be ready to support Ukraine’s positions in the Council of Europe regarding the problem with Russia and agreed that Russia had to undertake many actions on reintegration of Crimea and to abide by the Minsk agreement in order their delegation could return to PACE without sanctions.

As we reported earlier, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) urges Russia to release the detained Ukrainian sailors.

It was proposed that PACE should state about the support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea and support the deployment of the international monitoring mission, which would guarantee the free passage of the vessels through Kerch Strait. Germany and France promote this initiative.

Related: SBU agent detained among Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait claims himself POW

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