No saber-rattling – better leave Ukraine - Poroshenko on Russian sanctions against Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia should not resort to "saber-rattling, but leave Ukraine," while commenting on the sanctions introduced by the Russian Federation against Ukrainian individuals and legal entities.
"Instead of saber-rattling at the front, resorting to sanctions, Russia needs to do a very simple thing: get out of Ukraine, withdraw its troops, take its weapons, restore Ukraine's territorial integrity," Poroshenko said at a joint briefing with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel after their meeting in Kyiv on Thursday.
According to him, the Russian decision on sanctions was not unexpected. "With a few exceptions, this is a list of very worthy people ... including my son, including half of my administration, a large number of lawmakers, the majority of [parliamentary] coalition members, members of the Ukrainian government. I want to say that being on the sanction list is perceived in Ukraine as a kind of a state award," the president said.