Ukraine’s Ambassador rebuked the West’s reluctance to toughen sanctions against Russia

MOSCOW, 4 Jul – RIA Novosti. Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andrew Miller in an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung acknowledged that the attitude of Western countries towards anti-Russian sanctions is becoming more critical.

“At the moment we do not see any desire, even in Berlin, to strengthen sanctions,” he said, adding that restrictive measures “must at least be extended in the current volume.”

The Ukrainian diplomat also criticized the visit of the foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel at the St. Petersburg international economic forum. According to him, “very doubtful” that the trip “sends the right signal.” While Miller expressed hope for support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Makron.

Western countries have imposed sanctions against Russia on the background of aggravation of the situation in the Donbass, where in April 2014, Kiev began military operations against the breakaway LC and DNR. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and the subject of the Minsk agreements on a settlement and to talk to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive.