President Zelenskyy: Blocking Russia’s sanctions evasion is anti-terrorism

January 19,2024 401
President Zelenskyy: Blocking Russia’s sanctions evasion is anti-terrorism

“Blocking Russia’s ways to circumvent sanctions means blocking terror,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a traditional address to the Ukrainian nation on January 18.

I wish you health, fellow Ukrainians!

Briefly about this day.

A very positive, truly inspiring conversation with President of France Macron.

I thanked him for the creation of an artillery coalition within our Ramstein defense format and for France’s willingness to supply Ukraine with dozens of very effective CAESAR artillery systems and ammunition for them this year.

We will further bolster our air defense as well, and I thank France for its powerful decisions.

Of course, today we discussed the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine – the details at the moment, and the prospects. Accordingly, we discussed what is important to include in the new defense package that France is currently preparing.

And, on top of all that, we discussed the work with France on security commitments for Ukraine. We are preparing a bilateral agreement.

Emmanuel, Mr. President, thank you once again.

We continue our communication with partners on sanctions against Russia – their full effect. All of our diplomatic representatives must step up their efforts to ensure that our partners respond more actively to every instance of Russia’s circumvention of sanctions.

This is not just an abstract question – it’s about how a terrorist state produces weapons, including missiles. All Russian missiles have dozens of critical components manufactured abroad, many of them by companies from the free world. Today, the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, Oleksandr Lytvynenko, made a report on this. These are clear facts. So blocking the ways Russia circumvents sanctions is literally blocking terror. I am grateful to all partners who understand this and to everyone in the world who helps us in this work.

Full text of the address: Office of the President of Ukraine