Russo-Ukrainian crisis: Boris Johnson faces calls for tougher action on Russia | US says Biden-Putin meeting no longer possible

The UK government defends a “very serious package” of British sanctions against Russia, arguing that they will be effective in “pain” Vladimir Putin.

The prime minister faced criticism from all sides for not going far enough when he announced his measures on Tuesday.

He announced that three billionaire allies of the Russian president and five Russian banks were facing punitive action.

At a press conference, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said that the 351 members of the Russian State Duma who “voted (for) this violation of international law” would be subject to sanctions.

He said that in addition to the measures, “27 individuals and legal entities that play a role in undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine” will be involved.

The White House says President Biden will no longer hold a summit with Vladimir Putin, as discussed over the weekend.

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said “nothing is out of the question” when asked if any sanctions could potentially be imposed on Conservative donors.

“We are very clear that there is nothing outstanding in terms of who we are targeting, in terms of Russia’s access to British financial institutions,” she told Sky News.

“We support our alliance with our international allies to make sure we target those key people who support and support the Putin regime…I don’t rule anything out.”

Asked if any Russia-related money donated to the Conservative Party after Boris Johnson took office should be returned, she said: are declared in a manner.

“What we are talking about here… is the people, the oligarchs, that we are pursuing with today’s sanctions, these are people who are closely associated with the regime of Vladimir Putin.

“Now a lot of people have moved to Russia from the UK, who are not necessarily friends of Vladimir Putin and have become British citizens. This is a completely different matter than people close to Vladimir Putin who support his terrible regime.”

Liz Truss has repeatedly criticized the Putin regime for Ukraine.

Labor Shadow Foreign Minister David Lammy said the government needed to impose tougher sanctions on Russia, telling BBC Breakfast that “the threshold has been crossed”.

He said: “I think the sentiment in the entire House of Commons yesterday was that the government was not strong enough.

“Of course, the Labor Party, as well as other parties and supporters of the Conservative Party, are extremely concerned that we were not strong enough or tough – sending a message to Vladimir Putin that may, at this 11th hour, force him to step back.”

EU members agree on sanctions against Russia

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drianans said the 27 member states of the European Union unanimously agreed on an initial set of sanctions against Russian officials in connection with their actions in Ukraine.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the package approved on Tuesday “would harm Russia, and cause a lot of harm.”

Mr. Borrell said the sanctions would target members of Russia’s lower house of parliament and others involved in approving the entry of Russian troops into separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine.

Jean-Yves Le Drianans

Former Conservative leader calls for action against Russia’s “dirty money”

Sir Ian Duncan Smith said the UK government should do more to root out the dirty Russian money that flows through London. The former leader of the Conservative Party added: “I really think the government needs to go even further and hit them really hard. Yes, with clearing out some of the Augean stables in the financial services industry, but secondly, we also need to go for larger, more supranational sanctions, working with our allies to completely cut off the money supply so that the Russians can’t, and President Putin can’t can find a way through it and they feel the pain. We need to hear them squeal as we hit them with these sanctions.”

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Boris Johnson has been asked to correct the records due to allegations that Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich is facing sanctions.

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that Mr Abramovich “already faced sanctions” when he answered a question from Labor MP Margaret Hodge (Barking).

As Mr Johnson left the House, Labor MP Chris Bryant Bryant said: “The Prime Minister said Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned. As I understand it, this did not happen.

“I am sure that the Prime Minister, quite unintentionally, gave false evidence. But it would be helpful if the Prime Minister could correct the record… these are important points of fact.”

Later, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said that Johnson “misspoke”.

The Prime Minister was asked to amend.

Speaking of Putin himself, Ben Wallace said: “Our resolve has been tested, as has the ambition of President Putin’s legacy.

“President Putin wants an inheritance, it is our duty to make sure that he receives an inheritance, but not the one he plans.

President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin this week.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK would go further on sanctions against Russia if it “does not step back from the abyss” in Ukraine.

In a statement, she said: “The first wave of sanctions will hit oligarchs and banks close to the Kremlin. This sends a clear signal that the UK will use our economic weight to hurt Russia and undermine its strategic interests.

“And we are ready to go much further if Russia does not step back from the brink. We will limit the ability of the Russian state and Russian companies to raise funds in our markets, ban the export of a number of high technologies, and further isolate Russian banks from the global economy.

“These will be surgically targeted sanctions that will hit Russia hard.”

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