We can stop and contain the Russian Federation – Reznikov
Economic sanctions can be introduced before Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. This is an “important step,” the defense minister said.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov called on the West to impose preemptive sanctions against Russia to prevent “aggression against Ukraine” and “possible aggression” against Europe. He stated this in an interview BBC.
“It seems to me that the response to a hybrid attack could also be hybrid. I am sure that the United States and the United Kingdom, together with European partners, could do more for our defense. In the economic sphere, sanctions, for example, that could be introduced before the invasion, not after. Doing it “before” and not “after” is an extremely important step. We can stop and contain them (Russia, – ed.),” Reznikov said.
He urged the leaders of the EU, US and Britain to show the Kremlin “that this invasion will cost a lot.”
Delay could result in major problems for Europe, as a full-scale invasion would lead to heavy casualties and provoke a huge influx of refugees.
“It will be a disaster not only for Ukraine, but also for Europe, as several million migrants, our refugees, will gather at the Ukrainian-Polish border and, probably, also at the Polish-German one,” Reznikov said.
Before that, it was reported that the EU had prepared large-scale sanctions against the Russian Federation in case of aggression. The European Union stands for dialogue with Russia, but considers attempts to divide Europe into spheres of influence unacceptable.
We add that Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell discussed the preparation of tough EU sanctions against Russia.