10:34 29.11.2021

Kuleba names three elements of deterring Russian aggression

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Kuleba names three elements of deterring Russian aggression

KYIV. Nov 29 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has named three elements of restraining Russian aggression: diplomatic, sanction and military support from Western countries.
"It's much more than just verbal support. We call it a deterrence package, and this deterrence package consists of three elements. The first one is clear political messaging, which is already happening. The second is a set of sanctions or restrictive measures. Russia knows that the West is preparing sanctions, and Moscow will think twice about whether they are ready to pay this price. The third is military support," said Kuleba in an interview with the German newspaper Zeit.
He noted that further assistance in arming Ukraine will in no way intensify the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
"I categorically reject the idea that arming Ukraine is akin to igniting the conflict. Russia wants Ukraine to remain weak, therefore, those who reject cooperation with us in military and defense are strengthening Russia's position. We are now in a very active dialogue with various partners who are ready to sell us military equipment and weapons to strengthen Ukraine's capabilities to defend itself," the minister said.
According to the head of the foreign ministry, some European countries have concluded trade agreements with Ukraine on the supply of military equipment.
Some EU countries do cooperate with us on military trade bilaterally. Some don't. But weapons are like money, they prefer silence. And so I will not be elaborating more on that here," Kuleba stressed.

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