Ukraine urges Western states to beef up Russia sanctions

Nov 28, 2018, 4:45 AM EST
Ukraine's ambassador to Germany slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin for “brutal, hooligan-like” behavior.
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Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, on Monday called on Berlin and other Western states to up the ante against Russia by imposing new sanctions and banning imports in response to Moscow’s seizure of Ukrainian ships near Crimea on Sunday.

Speaking to a German radio, Melnyk called the offensive against Ukrainian vessels a result of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal, hooligan-like” behavior, writes Reuters. The Ukrainian ambassador suggested that the NordStream 2 gas pipeline between Europe and Russia should be put on hold, adding that German marines should be deployed to the coast of Crimea to contain hostilities from Moscow.

The remarks by Melnyk come within hours after U.S. President Donald Trump condemned Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov and hinted at cancelling a planned meeting with Putin during his upcoming trip to an international summit, notes Politico.