UK signs legislation allowing tougher Russia sanctions

UK signs legislation allowing tougher Russia sanctions

Feb 11, 2022: According to a report by AFP, UK’s government on Thursday signed into law new legislation giving it powers to impose tougher and broader sanctions on Russia if Moscow steps up its aggression against Ukraine.

The new legislation came into force after being signed by a minister and was formally tabled in parliament, a procedure that does not require a vote by members of parliament. The remarks came as British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visited Moscow and met with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who later said he was “disappointed” by the talks.

London said the new legislation was part of a move to “urge the Kremlin to end its campaign of aggression in Ukraine” as fears of an attack mounted. The British government has said that the Minister for Europe, James Cleverley, has signed into law legislation that provides “a framework for Britain’s strictest sanctions against Russia”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told broadcasters in Warsaw that there must be “an automatic package of sanctions ready to go” if Russia attacks Ukraine.

He said this should include the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, calling this a “very, very important priority”.

The government lists the chemical, defense and IT industries and financial services, saying the UK could now impose sanctions on Russian businesses and individuals in “a wide range of economically and strategically important sectors”.

The UK can now impose sanctions not only on those who are “linked directly to the destabilisation of Ukraine”, the Foreign Office said.

It can now target entities and businesses affiliated to the Russian government and their owners, directors and trustees.

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