Truss said the Conservative Party will not return donations related to Russia

Liz Trouss stated that the Conservative Party will not return donations with references to Russia as they are properly stated.

However, the Foreign Minister wrote to once The newspaper said earlier today that in the event of a full-scale invasion, there would be nothing “from discussion” regarding sanctions after the UK sanctioned three oligarchs and five banks yesterday afternoon.

These measures came after launching an effective invasion of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine on Monday evening, when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered tanks to cross the border into provinces he officially recognized as independent from Ukraine.

“All donations to the Conservative Party come from people on the electoral roll in the UK. These donations are properly declared,” she continued.

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“We are talking here about people – oligarchs, against whom sanctions have been imposed today – who are closely associated with the regime of Vladimir Putin. Now there are many people who have moved to Britain from Russia, 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 … All these donations are properly declared.”

Labor has complained that Russia-linked donors have donated a total of £1.93m to the Conservative Party and voter associations since Boris Johnson became prime minister in July 2019.

that the UK is “particularly” supportive of expanding its military presence in Estonia and that European and other international allies will be strengthening their forces in the region.

“This is a wake-up call for NATO. Russia has been building up its military power for years, investing in high-tech military potential, ”she explained in an interview with GB News.

“We in the UK have increased our military spending, but we need NATO allies to do the same because I believe that if he succeeds and we are doing everything to try and stop him from succeeding, Vladimir Putin will not stop.” . in Ukraine.

“It’s a question of the economic support we have in Britain defending freedom and democracy in Europe. We are capable of making tough decisions, the Germans have shown that they are ready to make tough decisions with the help of Nord Stream 2, the Americans have shown that they are ready to make tough decisions.

“All I want to say is that we must be ready to make such decisions for the sake of freedom and democracy in Europe, and in this we are united with our allies. We need to do more to strengthen NATO and we are working on it.”

She said the British sanctions were “closely coordinated” with NATO allies. Today a program that: “The worst thing we could do is show any divisions in the West.”

What we have done and have been working on since December is work on an agreed package of sanctions,” she continued.

She claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is already “obsessed with invading Ukraine” and that this has been his plan for months, and the Russians have shown they are not serious about diplomacy. It’s about turning back the clock to the mid-1990s, regaining control of Ukraine, and I’m afraid Putin won’t stop at Ukraine.

Labor Shadow Foreign Minister David Lammy has called for further sanctions.

“You have an EU that is effectively persecuting 27 oligarchs, there are 74,000 Russians in our country, there should be more than three oligarchs,” Lammy told LBC radio earlier today.

Truss confirmed this morning that the UK has “sanctions left in the locker” as leverage in the event of a full invasion of Ukraine.

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