Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin on March 19 will discuss with the Foreign Ministers of the European Union countries the strengthening of anti-Russian sanctions due to the presidential elections in Russia which will also be held on the territory of the annexed Crimea, BBC News reports.
"Firstly, Ukraine will call on the EU to condemn and not recognize elections in the occupied Crimea. That should be 100%. A few days ago Federica Mogherini said this, but we need the position of the entire civilized world," Klimkin said.
According to Klimkin, there will be a conversation with the ministers about the possibility of sanctions against those who took part in organizing these elections or contributed to these elections. And, it can be both European sanctions, and national.
According to him, if Moscow's actions are left at the level of statements, "in Russia they can say: "well, they condemned and so what?"
"Of course, it's not so simple to reveal everyone who had anything to do with, but we will try, of course, to do this," the minister said.
As it was reported earlier G7 members should not recognize the upcoming Russian presidential election in the occupied Crimea. Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko said that during the meeting with G7 ambassadors in Kyiv.
Poroshenko thanked the EU member countries for their firm stance in this regard.
As is known, the Russian presidential election will be held on March 18, 2018. The Russian Central Election Committee registered eight candidates, including the incumbent leader Vladimir Putin, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky, head of Yabloko ('Apple') Party Grigoriy Yavlinski and famous blogger Kseniya Sobchak.