As Censor.NET reports citing 112 TV Channel, President Petro Poroshenko said on the Day of the Naval Forces of Ukraine.
"I believe that if not for the efforts of our EU partners, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and all countries of the world that imposed the sanctions, the situation would have been much worse. Russia's aggression would not have been stopped. It has been stopped as a result of joint actions of Ukraine (its Armed Forces) and the world, which imposed sanctions," he said.
"Sanctions are applied because the world recognizes that Russia does not fulfill its obligations. Therefore, I am grateful to the leaders of EU countries for the unanimous decision to extend the sanctions against Russia. Simultaneously, the sanctions were extended by the United States and other countries. It is a powerful motivation for Russians to sit at the negotiating table and fulfill their obligations," Poroshenko added.
As previously reported, in 2014, the European Union, the United States and several other countries imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with the occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine. These restrictive measures were repeatedly extended and expanded. In particular, the talks on visa waiver and a new basic agreement on cooperation were suspended; several Russia's officials were banned to travel to the EU while their assets were attached. Trade, financial, and military restrictions were introduced. The sanctions list included a total of 151 individuals and 37 entities. The sectoral sanctions were imposed against 20 Russian financial, oil-producing and defense companies.
Russia imposed a response packet of measures to the EU, U. S., Australia, Canada and Norway sanctions in August 2014.The so-called "counter-sanctions" prohibit import of fruit, vegetables, dairy and meat products from the listed countries to Russia.
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