The First Deputy of the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Izet Gdanov in his interview to “Crimea. Realities” said that “ the Mission of the President in ARC suggests to extend a list of the authorized bodies, entitled to submit the proposals regarding sanctions to the National Security and Defense Council as well as to consider the possibility to apply sanctions against the citizens of Ukraine and national companies”.
According to him, the President of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, National Bank of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine are currently authorized under the Law of Ukraine “About sanctions” to submit the proposals on sanctions to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Gdanov noted that the Mission proposed to empower all the Ministries and the Mission of the President of Ukraine in ARC with the right to submit such proposals as well.
According to Gdanov, the proposed amendments to the Law “About sanctions” particularly regarding the enhancing the circle of the bodies authorized to submit the proposals for application of sanctions will improve the sanctions policy.
“For example, the proposals for sanctions to be applied in transport sphere, including aviation, navigation and automobile traffic should be submitted by the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. The central executive bodies are authorized and able to check the following information and they must be responsible for its validity”, said Gdanov.
“We have witnessed the recent events in the international waters of the Black Sea when the Russian Federation unlawfully using the weapons captured the sailors of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We think that we should apply sanctions against the Russian seaports, vessels flying the RF Flag including the sea and river registries in other countries”, said the First Deputy of the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
The First Deputy of the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in ARC added that the issue of the Sea of Azov as an internal sea jointly belonging to Ukraine and the Russian Federation should be carefully considered.
“The Sea of Azov should be accredited as international one in order to make it possible for the third countries to monitor the situation as well as to expand the mandates of the international monitoring missions in the water areas of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov”, he pointed out.