The Russian sanctions against Ukraine are perceived as the state award. Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, made this statement at the joint briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
"I want to emphasize that the Russian decision on the sanctions was not unexpected. With a few exceptions, it is a list of very decent people, including my son, including the half of my administration, with a great number of the MPs, the majority of the members of the coalition, members of the Ukrainian government. I want to say that being on this list is some kind of the state award, at least, it is perceived in such a way," Poroshenko noted.
He added that "instead of blazing guns, Russia should do one simple thing - leave Ukraine, withdraw its troops and weapon, and restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Then the peace will come and there will be no need to impose the sanctions."
As we reported, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order which imposes sanctions against a list of physical and legal entities of Ukraine.
In particular, sanctions were imposed against Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov, acting Health Minister Ulyana Suprun and Culture Minister Yevgen Nishchuk, Minister of Education Liliya Grynevych, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan, Ecology Minister Ostap Semerak, Information Policy Minister Yuriy Stets, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Deputy Defence Minister for European integration Anatoliy Petrenko and Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
President’s son Olexiy and Poroshenko’s Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tseholko were included in the list. Petro Poroshenko was not included in the sanctions list.
Later spokesperson of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov claimed that the presidents are not included in the sanctions lists. It is beyond all reason.