President of the Ukrainian World Congress Eugene Czolij discussed this during the meeting with Manager of the Europe Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, Rob Taylor.
"Eugene Czolij discussed the importance of New Zealand adopting the Autonomous Sanctions Bill and introducing sanctions against the Russian Federation, and to refrain from negotiations on a free trade zone with the Russian Federation until it stops blatantly violating its international commitments," the UWC press service reports.
The UWC President also focused attention on the aggressor acts of the Russian Federation in Ukraine which also pose a serious threat for global peace and security, and called upon New Zealand to support Ukraine in the defence of its independence and territorial integrity.
"Eugene Czolij also highlighted that, while countering the hybrid war of the Russian Federation, Ukraine is reforming, modernizing and combating corruption, and encouraged support for its economic development," the statement reads.
In addition, the leader of the Ukrainian Diaspora called upon New Zealand to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-33 as the genocide of the Ukrainian people.
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