On 20 July, Munich hosted a panel discussion “Sanctions and beneficial deals. Are sanctions against Russia effective?” was organized by the Ukrainian Center for Security and Cooperation

The discussion raised the issue of the effectiveness of the Western countries’ adherence to the sanctions packages against Russia, their impact on the economy and military capabilities of Russia. The event was organized in cooperation with the USCC partners in Germany – Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit,Thomas Dehler Stiftung andUkrainischer Verein Augsburg e.V.

Discussion speakers:
Serhii Kuzan – the USCC Chairman.
Ulrich Lechte –  Member of the Bundestag, Chairman of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee, Spokesman for Foreign Policy of the FDP parliamentary group.
The discussion was moderated by Jean-Marie Magro, a journalist from the German television company Bayerischer Rundfunk.

The deadly missiles that have killed 15 Ukrainian civilians over the past 5 days contain up to 50 components, mostly made in other countries, according to an analysis by the Yermak-McFall International Expert Group. This list includes the German company Infineon Technologies and its subsidiary Cypress Semiconductor.

The sanctions imposed on Russia are intended to stop the war being waged without rules on the territory of free Ukraine against its citizens. However, without strict control, Russia still finds workarounds to purchase the necessary components and strengthen its weapons through third countries and ” proxy firms”. The latest example is the intention to import 20,000 cellular base stations from Sweden, manufactured by the Swedish company Ericsson. It is unlikely that the Swedish company does not understand to whom it plans to sell its goods worth several tens of millions of dollars.

The societies of the sanctions coalition countries must understand that the restrictions imposed on Russia are not intended to worsen the socio-economic situation of its citizens, who knowingly and in fact overwhelmingly support the war in Ukraine. The sanctions are designed to stop Russia’s ability to arm itself and wage war without rules against Ukraine.

“Today, Russia is forced to manage the widest range of sanctions ever imposed on the state. However, this economic attack has insufficient results, and we see the consequences after the next missile strikes,” commented during the discussion Serhii Kuzan, Chairman of the USCC.

Global companies continue to deliberately avoid sanctions and finance the terrorism of Russia, which continues to blackmail the world with nuclear disasters, famine, and threats to freeze Europe if its demands are not met.

Russia has used its partnerships with Europe to bypass restrictions, using its network of contacts. Given that Russia is 64 times larger than Germany, collective engagement is needed to monitor compliance with sanctions,” said Ulrich Lechte, spokesperson for foreign policy and chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the FDP parliamentary faction in the Bundestag. 

The final solution to the issue of avoiding sanctions can only be achieved with increased control over the implementation of previous sanctions restrictions by the European Union – without it, no restrictions will work, as demonstrated by the latest analyses of components of deadly Russian missiles.

“Germany, as the leader of the European Union, is gradually getting rid of its dependence on Russia thanks to its sustainable policy towards Ukraine. However, this dependence could have been avoided if European leaders had taken into account the threat of such relations with Moscow earlier and monitored compliance with the conditions from the beginning of the sanctions packages,” commented Kateryna Matey, representative of the USCC in Germany.

Sanctions should work in a comprehensive manner and be imposed not only against companies, but also against oligarchs and businessmen who build their lives on dirty money in European countries.

All of the bloodiest missile attacks on peaceful cities in Ukraine were carried out by cruise missiles manufactured by the Russian JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation, the X-22, and X-101. The director of this corporation is Boris Obnosov, and his family owns two luxury apartment buildings in the center of Prague, where his daughter and her husband still live, owned by the family of a Russian missile magnate. The Obnosovs’ properties were likely bought with the money received from the sale of missiles that killed hundreds of Ukrainians.

“The sooner we stop funding the war, the sooner the situation in the whole of Europe will stabilize. While Ukraine pays the highest price – the lives of its citizens – by deterring Russia’s interference in the affairs of democratic states, the job of our partners is to continue to put pressure on Russia’s economy in a continuous and efficient manner, in the fight for a free future for Europe,” summarized  Serhiy Kuzan.

We express our gratitude to the partners of the Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Centre – Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit,Thomas Dehler Stiftung and Ukrainischer Verein Augsburg e.V. for their support of the event and participation in the Ukrainian struggle.

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