Klimkin hopes sanctions will affect all Russians on 'Kremlin list'

Klimkin hopes sanctions will affect all Russians on 'Kremlin list'

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes that a U.S. Treasury Department list of influential Russians is a warning to them about their personal and collective responsibility for Russia's actions.

He said this on Tuesday, January 30, at a joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Angelino Alfano, who is on a visit to Ukraine, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Today, the United States published a list of individuals who, I hope, have every chance of facing U.S. sanctions. This list means that the United States believes that, firstly, Russia violates the fundamental principles of international law and, secondly, that Russia attempts to systematically ignore the functioning of democratic institutions in a civilized world. The publication of this list also means that everyone on the list, not just abstractly Russia, bear personal and collectively responsible for violating the principles of international law and exert conscious systemic influence in order to undermine the work of democratic institutions in a civilized world," Klimkin said.

In addition, according to him, the "Kremlin list" means that Russia will definitely receive "systemic sanction responses."

At the same time, he said, the key point in this issue is undoubtedly the solidarity of the entire democratic world. 

"I am confident that these issues will be discussed during the next international meetings, including the G7, which is now chaired by the Canadians," Klimkin said.

Klimkin thanked Alfano for his consistent position in supporting Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine's independence and territorial integrity, as well as imposing sanctions against Russia. 

"Italy has repeatedly expressed this position both within the EU and within the G7," Klimkin said.

As reported by Ukrinform, on January 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury presented the so-called "Kremlin list," which includes 114 high-ranking officials and 96 "oligarchs" from Russia. The list includes almost all officials of the Russian presidential administration, government officials, heads of state companies and major entrepreneurs.


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