The Kremlin is trying to show their negative attitude to Ukrainian politicians and businesses, thereby making it clear to the Russians that Ukraine is a friendly country

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The Kremlin for its new sanctions against Ukrainian politicians and businessmen eager to demonstrate their negative attitude to him because of Pro-Ukrainian activities. And the point is not that the majority of Ukrainian politicians from the sanctions list of the Kremlin has no assets and savings in Russia, visit Russia, they were not going to. The point is that the Kremlin wants to convince the Russians the thesis of an unfriendly Ukraine. This opinion in comments to the website “Today” was expressed by political experts and analysts.

“The Russians are taking sanctions decisions are not due to the fact, whether the sanctioned Ukrainians in Russia, or not go, and in fact, to demonstrate their negative attitude to him and to hurt anyone of the defendants in the list. So, against the people’s Deputy Vladimir Aryev of the Russian Federation imposed sanctions because he regularly travels to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, (which has consistently advocated Pro-Ukrainian position in the international arena. – Ed.) and writer Larissa Nicoi got there, because she has this flurry of activity, and the Russians want to show they condemn it”, – said the political scientist Alexander paly in comments to the website Today .

At the same time, commenting on the omission from the black list of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, but the imposition of sanctions against the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrei Parubiy, the expert noted that all the same “Putin is trying to drive stakes in the relations of Ukraine and Russia”.

“Russia does everything to drive those stakes, to expand the circle of those problems,” he said.

Expert Alexander Okhrimenko said that Russia imposes personal sanctions against some Pro-Ukrainian activists, probably for propaganda reasons.

“For example, Russia will impose sanctions against [the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy] Parubiy, but he will not care. He still will not go there in any case. Or impose sanctions against the “Cossack Gavrilyuk”. So what, he go there and not going. Well, enter, what?! In the “black list” were odious, according to Moscow, of a person, for example, [former leader of the “Right sector”, people’s Deputy Dmytro] Yarosh, Nicoy, [former people’s Deputy from Bo “Freedom” Irina] fahrion. So they unofficially do not go to Russia, and will that cannot legally enter the territory of Russia. To impose sanctions against do such odious persons, who are often in Russia criticized and ridiculed… for Example, banned the entry of Nicoi. And that, she then will go to Russia? Yes, of course, will not go!”, – says Okhrimenko, predicting that after the publication of the new blacklist, the Russian Federation, relations between Ukraine and Russia will not change, sanctions are formal.

The absence of the first persons of the Ukrainian state in the sanctions list of Russia against Ukrainian politicians, public figures and businessmen is following the Kremlin’s unwritten rules and international practices with the introduction of restrictive measures against certain top officials of the countries.

Comments about this site Today said the political scientist, the Chairman of the Board of the Center for applied political studies “Penta” Volodymyr Fesenko, evaluating the updated black list of the Russian Federation against Ukrainian individuals.

“The explanation is very simple. I will say for comparison, and Putin is in any sanctions list? There is no such global practices, to impose sanctions against top officials. Otherwise, all of any negotiations then can be discussed, etc.?!It is a common practice. If any head of state gets to the sanctions list, it’s all on the verge of declaring war. So there is no Putin in any sanctions list not only for us, but in the European and American lists, he is the head of the Russian Federation. Similarly, the Russians did not include in our Chapter of the state in its sanctions list. But that included Alexei Poroshenko, although it would seem, what relation to public anti-Russian things he has. It seems to be there. Either he personally, something special did wrong with Russia? Yes, too – it seems to be there. Petro Poroshenko, they are unable to include in the sanctions list, according to the international rules, but included his son, and that means a demonstration of the negative attitude of Russia to Peter Poroshenko,” – said the expert.

It was reported that the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on 1 November signed a decree of the government of the Russian Federation No. 1300 on the introduction of special economic measures against 322 of Ukrainian citizens and 68 companies.

In the updated blacklist of the Russian Federation in addition to a number of MPs, politicians, public figures and business leaders from top Ukrainian officials were included speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy, Deputy head of the VRU Oksana Syroid, a number of deputies from different factions and some Ministers of the Ukrainian government.

Earlier, the official website of the Kremlin published the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on special economic measuresto be taken in response to the sanctions of Ukraine against Russia. The government was requested “to compile lists of individuals and legal entities in respect of which are special economic measures” and “to define specific economic measures applied against natural and legal persons”.

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