“The nuclear option”: Volker about the arsenals of the West the leverage to restrain Russia

"Ядерна опція є": Волкер про наявні в арсеналі Заходу важелі для стримування Росії

Kurt Volker on YES-2018

The subject
The introduction of martial law due to the aggression of the Russian Federation

The West cannot allow Russia to make the next aggressive steps like “Kerch incident”

The West has levers of influence on Russia that can be applied in response to the aggression of Russia in the Kerch Strait. This was stated by special representative of US state Department on Ukraine in an interview with “Voice of America”.

At the same time, Walker noted that “we need to be careful and to follow the spirit of existing sanctions”.

“They can’t be punitive against ordinary Russian and Ukrainian citizens. The sanctions that we imposed and the EU against Russian business and governmental structures with the purpose to influence the Russian decision-making. It’s not about punishment, but about finding the mechanism that led to the decision”, – said the representative of the state Department.

However, he added: the law of the Russian vessels to enter foreign ports may be restricted.

“One of the leaders of the länder in Germany, the possible next leader of the CDU Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, talked about the possibility to ban Russian vessels coming from the Crimea or sea of Azov, to go to European ports. This is a very strong and original answer. View, they will develop this idea and we’ll consider,” – said Walker.

Another lever of influence – nuclear. There is a suggestion to turn off Russia from the SWIFT system. “It is called nuclear option, but it remains” – said the diplomat.

He also added:

“It is costly, and Russia, and our allies. But we need to have this opportunity, because we can’t afford to have Russia do the following aggressive steps like this one.”

As reported 5.UA Sunday morning, November 25, in the Kerch Strait Russian ship rammed the Ukrainian tow. Due to the collision of the Ukrainian vessel was damaged and the engine casing. Then it turned out that Russia used the weapons against the ships of naval forces of Ukraine. The Ukrainian vessel was seized by Russia.

“Court” occupied Simferopol was arrested for two months 24 Ukrainian seafarers who were on Board the captured vessels of the Russians “Yana mouthpiece”, “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”. Three of them in the incident were injured.

"Ядерна опція є": Волкер про наявні в арсеналі Заходу важелі для стримування Росії

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"Ядерна опція є": Волкер про наявні в арсеналі Заходу важелі для стримування Росії

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Photos of kerch.fm

"Ядерна опція є": Волкер про наявні в арсеналі Заходу важелі для стримування Росії

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Photos of kerch.fm

"Ядерна опція є": Волкер про наявні в арсеналі Заходу важелі для стримування Росії

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Photos of kerch.fm

"Ядерна опція є": Волкер про наявні в арсеналі Заходу важелі для стримування Росії

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Photos of kerch.fm

"Ядерна опція є": Волкер про наявні в арсеналі Заходу важелі для стримування Росії

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Photos of kerch.fm