As the Russian offensive continues to hit already war-torn Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has confirmed that the country is doing everything possible to force the European Union to impose a new round of sanctions in Moscow. He made the remarks after a phone conversation with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on Saturday. According to details shared by Kuleba on his Twitter account, he claimed that Borrell agreed on the need for the EU’s seventh sanctions package against Russia. He said both sides had already started working on it. “We both agree on the need for the EU’s seventh sanctions package against Russia and we are working on it,” he said.
In our appeal today, @JosepBorrellF and discussed the next steps after Ukraine became an EU candidate country and coordinated positions ahead of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting. We both agree on the need for the EU’s seventh sanctions package against Russia and we are working on it.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) July 2, 2022
Kuleba accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hating the welfare of Europeans and wanting to bring the crisis to the doorstep of every European household. He stressed that support for Ukraine is essential for European partners to deter military aggression from the Kremlin.
“Maintaining support for Ukraine is essential for European partners because Putin hates the welfare of Europeans and wants to bring the crisis to the doorstep of every European home. Ukraine opposes these malicious plans. By supporting us, partners support themselves,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
Putin thinks EU sanctions will backfire
However, the Russian president called European and Western sanctions against Moscow a “crazy” step, as he believed it could cost the European Union nearly $400 billion. Speaking at the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum – an annual Russian business event for the economic sector – also known as “Russian Davos”, Putin said the country’s economy would overcome sanctions within months. coming. He stressed that Russia has focused on minimizing the effect of sanctions in a calm and professional manner.
Kuleba discusses Ukraine’s EU bid with Borrell
Meanwhile, during the call with the senior EU official, Kuleba also discussed next steps to secure European Union membership. Notably, the crucial discussion between Kuleba and Borrell came ahead of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting, where Ukraine is expected to push EU officials to speed up the plan process. accession of Kyiv to the EU. Notably, earlier this month, the European Commission recommended nominating Ukraine as a candidate for European Union membership. The Netherlands, which was previously seen as a major obstacle to Ukraine’s membership, also threw its support behind Kyiv, hours after the EU announcement.