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Sanctions against Ukrainian leadership illegitimate – Lukashevich

February 20, 2014, 16:15 UTC+3 20
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MOSCOW, February 20. /Itar-Tass/. Unilateral sanctions against Ukrainian politicians would be absolutely illegitimate, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich has said about the United States’ intention to take unilateral measures against Ukraine’s political leadership.

“We have firmly pursued a policy to the effect sanctions can be only collective and adopted by the UN Security Council and that the United Nations alone can adopt and implement restrictive measures towards other states. In that sense we firmly adhere to the assumed commitments,” the diplomat said.

“As for individual sanctions the very same United States or the European Union have been trying to employ, we maintain that from the standpoint of international law such measures are absolutely illegitimate. Apparently, many other UN member-states think likewise,” Lukashevich said.

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