The sanctions against Russia must continue until Russia fulfills two conditions. First, it must provide adequate assurances and guarantees of non-repetition of its aggression against Ukraine. Second, it must provide full compensation for the damage caused to Ukraine and its citizens.
This was stated by the head of the Office of the President Andrei Yermak, speaking on Friday at the first meeting of the Group on International Security Guarantees, the press service of the Office of the President reported.
Noting that Ukraine categorically refuses to repeat the experience of security assurances under the Budapest Memorandum, Yermak stressed the need to first ensure Ukraine's ability to exercise the right to self-defense.
"This block of guarantees would include, in particular, the continued provision of modern conventional weapons and military equipment without any restrictions and politically conditioned obstacles. The rapid restoration of Ukraine's defense capabilities is an important factor in preventing a repeat of aggression. Therefore, we will need annual financial assistance to develop the defense sector," he said.
"The next block is action to deter new aggression. Prompt delivery to Ukraine of everything it needs to ensure the comprehensive exercise of the right to self-defense, including weapons, equipment, financial and other assistance, is the cornerstone of this bloc," Yermak said.
In his opinion, "a system of bilateral and/or multilateral treaties should be built that would provide detailed mechanisms for guarantors to act in case of aggression against Ukraine."
"We consider as necessary elements of this bloc a permanent mechanism of evaluation of threats and challenges to security and mutual information about them, as well as mechanisms of urgent bilateral or multilateral consultations," he said. .
The last block of guarantees, he said, should be the sanctions policy. In addition to the existing sanctions, he said, "also provides an effective mechanism for the introduction of preventive sanctions in the future - in case of a threat of aggression. At the same time, it is necessary to guarantee the urgent introduction of a coordinated and synchronized international regime of sanctions in the event that aggression does occur.
"When practice confirms the effectiveness of guarantees for Ukraine, they can be extended to other countries. President Volodymyr Zelensky's idea is that security guarantees for Ukraine in the future should become the basis of a new world security system. The U24 (United 24) format is a kind of rescue service for countries," Yermak said.