Ukrainian Ambassador to Bulgaria Calls for Greater Consolidation, Consistency in Western Sanctions against Russia

Diplomacy | August 31, 2014, Sunday // 15:38|  views

Ukraine's Ambassador to Bulgaria Mykola Baltazhy, photo by the Ukrainian Embassy in Sofia

Ukrainian Ambassador to Bulgaria Mykola Baltazhy has said that his country expects maximum support from NATO.

In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, he made clear that Ukraine’s request did not involve sending troops to the country but rather military and technical aid. The envoy noted that talks with EU were also underway.

“The military aggression against Ukraine continues. We actually classify it as war, without a war having been declared. I am convinced that the West must be more consolidated and consistent in its actions against Russia. Europe has to be more unswerving in its sanctions, in its clear signals, and, last but not least, in its support for Ukraine,” he stated.

“We are taking all possible steps to protect our territorial integrity and sovereignty but it is only natural to demand the EU’s assistance,” Baltazhy declared.

He called on the democratic community to step up support for his country, adding that it was clear that the actions of Russia constituted impudent aggression against Ukraine.

Baltazhy underscored that the act of aggression was a threat not only to Ukrainians, but also to the Russians and Bulgarians living there, as well as the representatives of over 100 nationalities and ethnicities residing in the country, in other words, “a threat to the whole of Europe.”

He informed that a total of four people from the Bulgarian minority in Ukraine had died, adding that Bulgarians lived in places where there was no military action at present but they were also taking part in the anti-Russian operation.

“Russia keeps using gas as a political mechanism, as a political weapon, which we find absolutely inadmissible,” Baltazhy emphasized.

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Tags: Mykola Baltazhy, sanctions, ukraine crisis, NATO, EU


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