The liberation of Kherson shows that Ukraine can win, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized, speaking at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba addressed the EU Foreign Affairs Council, outlining the steps for Ukraine and the EU to survive this military winter, and thanked partners for their support.
This is stated in statement Kuleby, published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The liberation of Kherson shows that Ukraine can win. We must remain united and principled in order to restore peace and security in Europe,” said the head of the Foreign Ministry.
The minister listed 10 steps that will ensure that both Ukraine and the EU survive this military winter.
Kuleba called sanctions the first step.
“Sanctions are working. I am grateful to you for all the previous rounds. No retreats on this path are unacceptable,” he said.
According to the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the sanctions helped to seriously slow down the Russian military machine. “This shows that the pressure needs to be increased,” Kuleba said.
The minister noted the need to strengthen energy sanctions, expand the list of individual sanctions and completely ban Russian propaganda.
“We need a full energy embargo to stop the war. The oil price cap situation is worrying and disappointing. I share the view of Josep who recently emphasized that Putin sees democracy as weak and waits for cold weather, gas cuts, high prices and low temperatures “The coordination of the methodology for limiting oil prices will prove that he is wrong in his calculations,” Kuleba said.
The head of the MFA called defense support and weapons as the second step. In this regard, air defense systems remain a top priority. “I am also grateful to the EU for intensifying and speeding up international military aid to Ukraine. I welcome the Council’s recent decisions on the allocation of the sixth package of 500 million euros under the European Peace Fund and the creation of an EU Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine. We will need to do even more steps in this area,” he said.
Kuleba called macro-financial assistance the third step. “I am grateful for the decision to provide a new package of €18 billion for 2023. We count on your support to release €3 billion of this package as soon as possible, given the tough energy and economic challenges,” he said.
The fourth step is humanitarian aid and support in restoring the Ukrainian energy system before winter. “We need urgent supplies of energy equipment, primarily transformers,” Kuleba said.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs named agricultural exports as the fifth step. “I am grateful to the EU for supporting the “Paths of Solidarity”. The Black Sea Grain Initiative must continue. Ukraine remains fully committed to it. We need not only to ensure Russia’s commitment to the initiative, but also to force Russia to stop silent sabotage and delays in inspecting vessels,” he said .
As the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said, the Secretary General of the UN and the President of Turkey were quite strict and principled, because they spoke to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, “in his language, in a language that he understands.” “This is an example to follow and, at the same time, a warning: do not give in to Russian blackmail and demands to ease sanctions. This will only worsen the situation. Instead, we must remain tough and principled,” Kuleba noted.
Another step Kuleba called the need to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people. “I sincerely urge all of you to take this timely political step in support of Ukraine and to recognize the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people. Genocide is no different. There is no need for half-measures or incomprehensible verbal formulas. Evil must be called clearly by its name. Especially now, when the new dictator in Moscow commits another genocide of the Ukrainian people, the second in less than 100 years. Recognizing the Holodomor will also help to explain to EU citizens the essence of the current Russian war, to give it a historical perspective,” he emphasized.
Kuleba called Ukraine’s path to EU membership the seventh step. “Despite the war, we are moving forward on all seven points outlined by the European Commission, and we are moving at a good pace. We are determined to complete the work by the end of the year. We expect that this issue will be the focus of the upcoming Ukraine-EU summit. I believe that Ukraine’s progress will allow us to quickly proceed to the start of negotiations on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union,” Kuleba said.
The eighth step is an initiative to create a Special Tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine.
“The last two points (ninth and tenth) are no less important. Perhaps the most important. I urge you: let’s remain principled and not seek to normalize Russian aggression in one way or another. Please take a clear position that there will be no normalization or attempts to bring Russia back to the table of negotiations until it withdraws its troops from Ukraine,” Kuleba said.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that it is, in particular, not to provide a platform to Russia, including its Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“Formally, he is our colleague, but in fact he is a war criminal and an accomplice to the crime of aggression against Ukraine. He is a person who decided to violate all norms of international law, and resolutely and fiercely defends these violations all over the world,” Kuleba summarized.
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