London will strengthen its arsenal of sanctions against Russia

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British Foreign Secretary Liz Tras announced on Monday new legislation to strengthen the UK sanctions regime that could be used in the event of a Russian attack on Ukraine.

“We will submit to Parliament a bill that will significantly strengthen our position on Russia’s aggressive action against Ukraine,” said the British diplomat in the House of Commons, explaining that these sanctions could target a larger number of individuals and companies. depending on their importance to the Kremlin.

“We will be able to target any company connected with the Russian state, which carries out activities of economic importance for the Russian state or operates in an area of ​​strategic importance for the Russian state. Not only will we be more able to target these entities, but we will be able to “also to prosecute those who have them or control them,” the minister added.

Trash said the sanctions, which are due to take effect on February 10, would be the “toughest” ever imposed on Russia and “the biggest change” in Britain’s approach since it left. the EU.

“We will ensure that those who share the responsibility for the Kremlin’s aggressive and destabilizing actions will bear a heavy price,” she said. They will risk freezing their assets in the UK and not being able to enter its territory. It will also be impossible for a company or person in the UK to do business with them.

“Moscow’s malicious intent is clear. The Russians have amassed more than 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border,” Liz Tras said, urging Moscow to “withdraw its troops and start substantive talks.”

Liz Tras said she would meet with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during a visit to Moscow in the next two weeks.

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