Ukrainian MP says Europe should ‘cut all trade relations with Russia’

A Ukrainian member of parliament tells FOX Business that Europe should end all trade relations with Russia.

Maryan Zablotskyy described Russia as a “ridiculous” trading partner.

“I think it clearly showed [Europe] should cut all trade ties with Russia, just because they are a completely ridiculous and unreliable trading partner,” Zablotskyy said. “As they say in Ukraine, ‘it’s better to lose money with a smart person than trying to make money from an idiot.'”

He also said Western nations should step back and examine decisions made with Russian energy.

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“You can’t empty all the oil and gas pipelines of gas and oil very quickly,” Zablotskyy said. “I think the western world needs to take a step back and look at the decisions they made before.”

Zablotskyy called out Germany in particular, saying the country’s government should have tried to become more energy independent of Russia as President Vladimir Putin ordered the murder of opponents throughout the 21st century.

Zablotskyy also said that the economic withdrawal from Europe and the United States should occur at a faster pace, noting that several American and European companies are still operating in Russia, thus paying taxes to the Russian government.

Zablotskyy said several foreign companies are responsible for a large percentage of Russian government revenue.

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“I think Western companies that stay in Russia and decide to pay taxes will regret it,” Zablotskyy said.

The MP added that the intention behind the calls for sanctions and economic withdrawal is not to punish Russian citizens but to decrease the tax revenue the government collects.

“It’s the tax payments that matter right now. We believe any foreign company should take responsible action and stop all sorts of operations there,” Zablotskyy said.

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