14:30 Oct. 14, 2016
Western leaders fear Putin, 'being driven into a corner, could use something, they wouldn't dare to use'
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Olena Zerkal believes that the West is afraid to drive Vladimir Putin into a corner because of Russian nuclear weapons, RFE/RL reports.
"They are afraid that Putin, being driven into a corner, could use something, they wouldn't dare to use," Zerkal states.
SWIFT ban as a sanction against Russia is not considered yet, she says.
"Back in 2014 when came up with the last wave of sanctions, we discussed this opportunity with European partners and left it as a last mean of pressure. But we can't exclude that possibility. Of course, it could be a reaction on some very unexpected events, but we hope that such measures will be not necessary," Zerkal explains.
She acknowledged that this summer Ukrainian diplomats were not confident in maintaining sanctions against Russia. But now Putin's actions in Syria gave Ukraine an additional leverage for talks with leaders of Western countries on the continuation and strengthening of sanctions against Russia.