Ukraine Crisis: Liz Truss Suggests Conservative Donors Could Be Sanctioned If They Have Links To Putin

The foreign minister said she was ruling out nothing “in terms of who we’re going to target” over the Ukraine crisis as she faced calls for her party to return donated money with Russian ties reportedly worth almost $2 million pounds sterling.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, Ms Truss was shown a photo showing herself standing next to Conservative Party donor Lyubov Chernukhina, wife of Putin’s former deputy finance minister Vladimir Chernukhin.

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The photo, which was posted to Ms Truss’s Instagram page in April 2019, is captioned: “And it’s ladies’ night… #cabinetandfriends #girlpower.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned Britain will make Russia “as painful as possible” if President Vladimir Putin unleashes an all-out attack on Ukraine.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned Britain will make Russia “as painful as possible” if President Vladimir Putin unleashes an all-out attack on Ukraine.

Ms Trouss said the Russian leader appeared to be “obsessed” with invading his neighbour, possibly including an attack on the capital Kiev.

She said the government had additional measures “in the locker” that it could activate after the initial tranche of sanctions announced on Tuesday was widely criticized as being too weak.

Asked if this was evidence of the British government’s proximity to Russian money, she replied: “Today I can tell you that we will go after anyone who, in our opinion, has ties to the Putin regime, who helps support and support the Putin regime.” . government, and nothing is off the table in terms of who we’re targeting.”

Asked if she was embarrassed by the photo, she replied, “No, I’m not embarrassed. I attended dinner at the time.

“I make my decisions as Foreign Minister based on what is right, and as I said, without prejudice, we will go after anyone who is of interest from the point of view of the Russian regime, who helps support the terrible regime of Vladimir Putin, and other considerations. as far as I know, no.”

Ms Trouss has previously insisted that all Conservative Party donations come from people on the electoral roll and are “properly declared.”

She told Sky News “nothing is out of the question” when asked if any sanctions could potentially be imposed on conservative donors in the event of what she called a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the White House has also signaled a halt to diplomatic moves to resolve the crisis, scrapping plans for a potential crisis summit between Putin and President Joe Biden.

This follows Mr. Putin’s announcement that Russia will recognize the breakaway “republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, which many in the West see as a precursor to a full-scale invasion.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy said the Labor Party was concerned about “too close a link between Russian oligarchs” and Conservative Party donations.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Lammy said: “I’m afraid we’re concerned about the too close connection between Russian oligarchs and Conservative Party donations.

But we said it. We think they should return £2 million.

“Honestly, it is not entirely clear what is happening. I mean, I just think it was a moment when Britain had to step up and show a certain seriousness. That did not happen”.

Asked if they were making allegations of corruption, Mr Lammy said: “This is not just a Labor Party allegation. This is the statement of our intelligence committee and the report of Russia.

“This is the assertion of a US Senate committee that has also investigated Russian interference and raised serious questions about Russian oligarchs’ interference not only in our country, but also in Europe.

“So this is an old problem. It’s a line in the sand.”

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