Denmark: More sanctions against Russia on the way

Meanwhile, about 100 Danish nationals and people with legal residence in Denmark still remain in Ukraine despite government’s warnings

Many countries have already levelled a series of sanctions at Russia following its decision to recognise the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as being independent.

According to the foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, about 400 individuals and banks have been hit by the sanctions, and more could be on the way.

“We are prepared to incorporate even tougher sanctions and Denmark is working hard towards that,” Kofod told DR.

Kofod underlined that the sanctions are meant as a tool to reach a peaceful resolution to the situation, but as things stand, things are looking dire. 

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Having barbs with Barbin
Yesterday, Kofod requested Russia’s ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, to discuss the issue at the Foreign Ministry.

Barbin was informed that the Russian move is a clear breach of the Minsk Agreement and Russia’s international obligations.

“We in Denmark strongly condemn Russia’s aggressive behaviour and we’ve made that crystal clear to them today,” said Kofod.

“The Russians need to know that this form of intimidation and escalation is completely unacceptable.”

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Most Danes have fled
In related news, the government revealed that about 100 Danish nationals and legal residents still remain in Ukraine. 

The government has urged everyone to leave the country – almost 240 have done so in recent days. 

About one fifth of the remaining 100 have indicated that they will leave Ukraine in the near future.