Mr. Yelisieiev said in an interview with the UNIAN agency. "It would be a logical step both from political and economic perspectives. It would also be justified considering the scope and nature of Russia’s crimes committed against Ukraine. These funds, for instance, could be the basis for a special EU program for the rehabilitation of Donbas," Ambassador K.Yelisieiev explained his opinion. Commenting on the sanctions approved against Russia, the Ukrainian diplomat said that this decision "was a turning point in the perception by the EU of Russia’s defiant and unacceptable behavior towards Ukraine."
"This step was also an important political signal – violence and aggression are not acceptable categories for international relations in the 21st century. This decision gives us confidence that the European Union will continue to take decisive steps if Russia does not stop and continues to destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine. Today we clearly saw that economic interests cannot prevail over our common values," emphasized K.Yelisieiev.
Speaking of the fact that sanctions in the field of military and technical cooperation will not affect the existing contracts, including the sale of Mistral warships, the Ambassador said that the contract violates the basic rules of the European Union and in principle cannot be considered in the context of economic sanctions. "The contract needs to be reviewed on the basis of the requirements of the EU legislation," he said.