17:50 14.03.2017

Poroshenko stands for tougher sanctions against Russia due to so-called nationalization of Ukrainian companies in occupied Donbas

Poroshenko stands for tougher sanctions against Russia due to so-called nationalization of Ukrainian companies in occupied Donbas

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that after so-called nationalization of Ukrainian enterprises in occupied Donbas by self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) no trade is being held with them. The president has asked the European Union to impose tougher sanctions against Russia.

"After the seizure of these enterprises we cannot have any trade relations with these 'seized' companies. We would not allow them to carry out any operations. We ask for support of these decisions, including thanks to imposing tougher sanctions by the EU against Russia that permitted this blatant violation of international law," the head of state said at a meeting with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn, the president's press service reported.

Poroshenko recalled that Russia recognized fake ID documents of so-called DPR and LPR and later Ukrainian enterprises operating in line with Ukrainian legislation – they paid taxes and wages in hryvnias - were seized.

At the meeting the president thanked the European Union for the recent decision to extend sanctions for the annexation of Crimea.

"This is extremely important for us. This is the illustration of Ukraine's support," he said.

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