13:55 Jan. 15, 2015
Continuing sanctions on Russia is the only effective way to deter its aggression, says Olexander Turchynov
International sanctions have proved their influence on Russia, says Olexander Turchynov, Ukraine's top security council official said.
"That's why talking about lifting or easing of sanctions would mean breaking that united front formed in Europe against the aggressor, Russia. On the contrary, strengthening sanctions is desirable until the specific result is obtained - the liberation of occupied territories, stopping aggressive RF military operations and ending the arms race engaged by Russia", Turchynov said.
Among the attempts to secure peace, Russia keeps militarising the occupied Crimea and particularly deploys offensive weapons, including those able to bear nuclear potential, he added.
"Same things are happening in the Baltic region and near the city of Kaliningrad", Turchynov also claimed.
Unless combined Russian-militant forces stop shelling Ukrainian forces in Donbas, any speculations on Minsk agreements make no sense, and Putin's claims on aspiration towards peaceful settlement are cynism and disinformation, the Ukrainian official stressed.