This was stated by the deputy of the Samopomich Union faction on the air of a Ukrainian TV channels, when commenting on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers to introduce mirror-image sanctions against Russian goods.
According to him, the sanctions only hinder the development of the aggressor’s economy, but do not harm it much. And the ones proposed by the government will not affect the key groups of goods that Ukraine today buys most from the Russian Federation.
“The special duty does not apply to the so-called “sensitive” imports – coke, coal, gasoline, liquefied gas. These are the goods to which the government has failed to find alternatives in the course of three years of work,” said Semenukha.
The MP underscored that it is precisely fuel that we export from Russia most of all. Last year alone, Ukraine imported it from Russia in the amount of 4.4 billion dollars.
“In particular, in 2018 Ukraine purchased coke and semi-coke from Russia worth of $186 million. Bituminous coal and anthracite worth of 1.8 billion dollars. That is, we will not be able to refuse this group of goods. No alternatives have been found, so imports will continue. Russia will continue to receive money from us,” said Roman Semenukha.
According to the MP, sanctions are necessary. But they will not affect the Russian economy, if instead of searching for a real alternative to imports from the aggressor country, the authorities will only continue to loudly declare sanctions.