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Top Russian MP urges personal sanctions against Ukrainian officials

Published time: June 17, 2014 09:58
Protesters stand on top of the crashed cars during a rally against the Russian President Vladimir Putin in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev on June 14, 2014 (AFP Photo / Sergey Supinsky)

Protesters stand on top of the crashed cars during a rally against the Russian President Vladimir Putin in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev on June 14, 2014 (AFP Photo / Sergey Supinsky)

The head of the State Duma’s foreign relations committee has accused Ukrainian officials of “waiting on Obama’s administration” and called upon fellow MPs to punish the "conflict-mongers" with personal sanctions.

Aleksey Pushkov said in a speech in parliament on Tuesday that the Kiev regime was “deliberately developing the conflict logic” in relations with Russia, acting primarily in the interests of the United States.

Attacks on the Russian embassy, an attempted attack on the consular office, insults aimed at the Russian President, regular and never ending arrests of Russian journalists and the refusal to pay the gas bills – I think these are all premeditated steps coordinated by the United States. These are links in the same chain,” the MP said.

Pushkov also warned that relations between Ukraine and Russia were entering a new stage, and this stage is bringing the two nations closer to a serious conflict.

We should reassess our politics regarding Ukraine,” the parliamentarian said. “It looks like our position that sanctions are something inacceptable in foreign relations is not finding any understanding in the western world where sanctions have become a permanent instrument of diplomacy and foreign politics,” he noted.

Pushkov said the State Duma should develop a system of sanctions against Ukraine, including some personal sanctions against Ukrainian officials. “In the current situation when sanctions are being used by a large number of international players including the leading nations of the world, Russia is narrowing its foreign policy potential by rejecting this tool,” he stated.

We should end all talks about partnership with Ukraine until Ukraine demonstrates its readiness for such a partnership,” said the Lower House foreign relations chief.

The suggestion was supported by most of the MPs. Deputies of the center-left Fair Russia caucus also said that Russia should recall its ambassador from Ukraine as a reply to the embassy attack. “It can only cause bewilderment that after the mob violence launched by Ukrainian Nazis near our embassy our ambassador had not been recalled and still remains in Kiev,” said the deputy head of the caucus Mikhail Yemelyanov.

A day earlier Russia’s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that Moscow was disappointed over the United Nations’ failure to condemn the assault on the Russian embassy in Kiev. “We are disappointed that Security Council colleagues failed to support a statement condemning the attack on the Russian embassy, notwithstanding the fact that Russia had always expressed its support of colleagues from other countries in similar situations.”

Comments (22)


Erik Trete 19.06.2014 09:00

Grim 19.06.2014 02:39

Who is bullying.?
Pleas e, to the Russian people...let a sovereign nation sort out its own problems!
Russia n volunteers are only making things worse,get out of there and watch! Stop all this stupid rhetoric !!!
No one really wins a war.


Wel l Grim, are you, the pot, calling the kettle black? The US regularly equips & trains insurgents (calls them freedom fighters) supports them with intel, $$, calls it a tool of diplomatic 'persuasion' like any other. Why is this OK when the US does this in Syria (also Ukr btw), but BAD when Russia supports its friends in East Ukraine?


Drake Chen 19.06.2014 04:59

A country that can't pay it's debt, that steals off it's neighbour generous offer, then spits in it's face and assault it's embassy.
Is telling others what to do ? I guess a failed state is a failed state.
When everything happened these weeks and still point the finger to Russia, with relatives living on both side of the borders. Something former USSR doesn't lack off is ex soldiers treated like throw away toy .
Close it borders let them drown I would say, let them beg more money from IMF which is now assessing the true damage.


Midiland 18.06.2014 19:23

Finally i read about to put sanctions against Ukrainians. And what about sanctions to Obama? He offered to deliver sophisticated weapons to Ukraine to kill their own people! Isn't this a war crime? It would be time to put him to the court for war criminals.

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