Ukraine Asks EU to Release Russia Sanctions Draft

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called on the European Union and its member countries to finalize the sanctions package and make it public to make Russian President Vladimir Putin understand the West was not bluffing about how it would respond to a military attack on Ukraine.

“Make it available for the Russians, for everyone, so that the Russians can see what awaits for them,” Kuleba said on Wednesday.

Earlier, U.S. and EU officials have said the sanctions would be the toughest ever imposed and would hit the Russian financial services sector.

The U.S. officials also said they would severely restrict technology exports to Russia.

“We hear discussions about the severity of sanctions, but it’s time to go into specifics,” Kuleba said. “Otherwise, Russia may think it’s just about bluffing.”

On Wednesday, Kuleba also urged the EU to “help Ukraine strengthen its defense and in particular its cyber capabilities.”

“Every country can choose what’s the most appropriate way to help Ukraine. Some may transfer weapons, others can focus on ammunition, but the most important thing is that everyone demonstrates a political will to strengthen Ukraine’s defense,” Kuleba added.

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