President of Ukraine

President calls on the world to strengthen sanctions against Russia and increase the presence of NATO in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov

5 December 2018 - 13:41

President calls on the world to strengthen sanctions against Russia and increase the presence of NATO in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov

President Petro Poroshenko called on the western world to strengthen sanctions against Russia and increase the presence of NATO in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. He said this in an interview to Bloomberg.

The Head of State thanked the world leaders for supporting Ukraine in the hard times of Russian aggression.

"The statements by the United States, the G7, the European Union, other allies and very strong words are a powerful support of Ukraine. But despite these powerful statements by western partners, Putin continues to act. And in this situation, we must have a closer coordination and also act," Petro Poroshenko said.

"To act does not mean declaring war. No. We are a peaceful country and I am a man of peace. We just want to protect our sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. But to act means introducing new sanctions against Russia, a package of sanctions for Azov," the President said.

"We must increase the presence of NATO in the Black Sea, possibly in the Azov Sea. We count on that and invite NATO ships to ensure stability. Because this new kind of war is a hybrid war that includes cyber attacks on western democracies, misinformation campaigns, attacks on different countries during the elections, embargo on Ukrainian goods, termination of natural gas supply and, most importantly, the use of armed forces against sovereign and independent states, including Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko said.