Kyiv: Next week, the European Union should announce how many Russians will be put on the blacklist after the seizure of Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait.
This was stated by the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite during a visit to Poland on Friday, February 22, where she met with presidents Andrzej Duda and Petro Poroshenko.
"They are known to me, but it is still early to comment," Grybauskaite said.
When asked if the expansion of the blacklist is enough, she replied that "the goal of sanctions is not quantity." "The purpose of the sanctions is a statement that the EU sees what is happening and is not reconciled with this," the president explained.
She promised to propose to introduce additional sanctions against Russia if she "will continue an aggressive policy" against Ukraine.
“If events continue to develop badly, and Russia will not talk, and will also continue its aggressive policy throughout Ukraine and on the Kerch Peninsula, then, no doubt, we will offer additional sanctions,” Grybauskaite said.
According to the press service of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, in turn, said that Ukraine hopes that the world community will increase the pressure on Russia.
“I count on increasing pressure on the Russian Federation, including through sanctions mechanisms. Because sanctions are not Russia's responsibility. Sanctions are a mechanism to motivate Russia to sit at the negotiating table, to fulfill its obligations, to stop the war,” said Poroshenko.