Ukraine ambassador to Portugal asks for support in EU accession, diplomatic cut with Russia

“The sanctions introduced by the EU, including Portugal, are very effective in the area of the economy,” said Ukrainian ambassador, Inna Ohnivets, also highlighting the ban on Russian companies in European airspace. [EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

Ukraine’s ambassador to Portugal on Monday asked the Portuguese government to support the country’s accession to the EU and consider the possibility of breaking off relations with Russia, thanking the sanctions and military assistance.

“The sanctions introduced by the EU, including Portugal, are very effective in the area of the economy,” said Ukrainian ambassador, Inna Ohnivets, also highlighting the ban on Russian companies in European airspace: “These measures affect Russia’s economy and this may help Russia to consider that it is necessary to stop the war against Ukraine.”

In a joint press conference with the Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, to present measures to support Ukrainian families in the Portuguese capital, Inna Ohnivets asked for Portugal’s support for the initiative announced by the President of Ukraine to join the European Union.

“We would also like to ask, to consider, the possibility of breaking relations between Portugal and the Russian Federation. This measure is very harsh, but it is fair in this time, because currently, we have the situation when the Russian occupiers kill. They are killing the Ukrainians in our country, namely the children. Already 16 children have died,” she said.

She thanked Portugal for its help in providing military assistance and materials, saying that “this is a strong signal” to the Ukrainian people and stressed that the Ukrainian army is “fighting very well” but that help from the EU is also needed.

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