President Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting with U.S. senators said that sanctions against Russia should be urgently introduced. Because after the invasion of Ukraine, they will not make any sense.
This is reported by RBC-Ukraine, citing Axios.
"The president of Ukraine has made it clear: sanctions against Nord Stream-2 must be imposed now. After all, any likely sanctions against the "Nord Stream-2" or other restrictions will be in vain," the publication said.
It is noted that Zelensky thanked the seven senators who visited Ukraine for their bipartisan support, but said that real deterrence would mean imposing immediate sanctions to make it clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that "you can't mess with the United States."
According to the president, sanctions imposed after further escalation are at best neutral and at worst actually "embolden Putin."
"As longtime neighbors, Ukrainians understand the 'Russian mentality' better. Putin does not understand vague threats. The word 'if' is not in his vocabulary, but only 'yes' and 'no,'" Zelensky added.
Recall that U.S. senators, who recently visited Ukraine on a working visit, called on NATO, the Administration of President Joe Biden and their fellow Democrats to immediately impose sanctions against Russia.
At the same time, U.S. President Joe Biden threatened Russia with unprecedented sanctions for attacking Ukraine. He promised Russia a "catastrophe" in case of escalation around Ukraine.
Earlier it became known that Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov called on the West to impose sanctions against oligarchs from Putin's entourage.