Dmytro Kuleba, the Ukrainian foreign minister, was asked whether he sees Russian forces entering Ukraine’s separatist regions as a “minor invasion” that warrants less forceful sanctions from the United States.
Fox News’ Ben Hall asked the question as tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to rise.
“There is a suggestion that what we have seen so far is a minor invasion, that there is more to come, and so it only warrants sort of lesser U.S. sanctions. I wonder if that is your read as well?” Hall asked, going on to ask what Kuleba would “like to see from the U.S. and from the international community to try and deter more aggression?”
Kuleba’s response to the question sounded like a swipe at President Joe Biden, who once said that a “minor incursion” into Ukraine was “one thing.”
“First, there is no minor, middle or major invasion. Invasion is an invasion,” he noted. “Second, as I said earlier, we do appreciate the sanctions which were announced today. They target Russia. They are very specific. They are painful.”
However, he is not confident that the sanctions rolled out by America are going to be enough to stop Russia in its tracks.
“I can say, frankly, that yesterday, when we learned about the first executive order for both sanctions related to economic activities, we were puzzled, because we saw how the site that sought recognition from Russia is being punished, but we did not see how Russia, who granted this recognition, is punished,” Kuleba admitted. “But we saw today, and this strategy of imposing sanctions by waves, if I might put it this way, is something that can work if it continues in a very sustainable way. President Putin should not have a single minute when he starts to think ‘this is the threshold, the pressure has reached its ceiling.’ And, he would not be punished anymore. The pressure should continue to be stepped up.”
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