KYIV (QHA) -

The issues of strengthening sanctions against the Russian Federation for the illegal construction of the Kerch bridge are being processed in the European Union, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told the reporters.

According to him, full support from all 28 countries is needed in this matter.

“For several months the European Union has been working on the strengthening of sanctions against the Russian Federation for the illegal construction of the Kerch bridge in the occupied Crimea. In this matter full support from all 28 member countries is needed. Alas, the process itself, on the one hand, is not very fast, but the decision is to be definitely taken.”

The Foreign Minister noted that work on sanctions might take several months, similar to the case with the illegal presidential elections held in the annexed Crimea.

Klimkin recalled that on August 22, US sanctions came into effect, imposed after the poisoning of former Russian intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in the British city of Salisbury.

“You can see that the sanctions pressure is growing. It is growing on the part of the United States, it is growing on the part of Europe. It is not just tangible, it is blocking Russia's ability to develop and feel like a civilized country. And this pressure is working now and will certainly work further, and we will work with everyone to not only expand these sanctions arithmetically, increase the number of companies and so on, but to make these sanctions systematically affect Russia.”

Reference: the sanctions for the illegal construction of the Kerch bridge connecting Russia and the occupied part of Ukraine were introduced as early as July 18. Then Brussels decided to impose individual sanctions against six people involved in the illegal construction of the bridge.

QHA