Britain sanctions 5 Russian banks and 30 billionaires after Putin orders troops to eastern Ukraine


Britain has imposed sanctions on five Russian banks and three wealthy individuals in response to an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin to move troops to eastern Ukraine.

President Putin announced on February 21 that Russia would consider two regions of Ukraine’s Donbas region as independent and signed a decree permitting Russian troops to be sent to the region for so-called “peacekeeping activities.” did.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons on February 22, describing the Moscow move as a “new invasion” of Ukraine, and Putin warned that he “has established an excuse for a full-scale attack.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the public on February 21, 2022 at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Via Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo AP)

He told the MP: “The United Kingdom and our allies impose sanctions on Russia already prepared using the new unprecedented powers conferred by this house to sanction Russian individuals and groups that are strategically important to the Kremlin. I will start to do it. “

Johnson said five Russian banks (Rossiya, IS Bank, General Bank, Promsvyazbank and Black Sea Bank) and three “very wealthy” will be subject to immediate sanctions.

“All the assets they hold in the UK will be frozen, officials will be banned from traveling here and all individuals and groups in the UK will be banned from doing business with them,” he said.

“This is the first tranche of what we are ready to do, the first barrage, and further sanctions that we are ready to deploy.”

The Prime Minister said, “The next possible stage of Putin’s plan is the violent destruction of the eastern region of Ukraine by Russian operatives and their employers, followed by about 200,000 Russian troops gathered at the frontier. We have to prepare for a general attack by. The preparation for the attack has reached its peak. “

He states: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I have to work hard for a protracted crisis. The UK has decided not to allow Putin to bring our continent back to Hobbes’s natural state, and I We will address this challenge alongside our allies. “

Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer welcomed the sanctions, but said, “We must be prepared to move further.”

He said he understands tactics to withhold sanctions to prevent invasion of other parts of Ukraine. “But it’s already over the limit.”

“Now, Putin will remove the message that the benefits of aggression outweigh the costs, if not addressed with a complete set of sanctions,” said Sovereign states “invaded by the war of aggression.” Stated.

He said Russia should be excluded from financial mechanisms like Swift, Russia’s sovereign debt trading should be banned, and Russia Today was prevented from “broadcasting its propaganda around the world.” It should be, and Nord Stream 2 should be cancelled.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May said the world is in the “worst era” and cautioned against “the broader global tendency of authoritarian nations to impose their ideas on others.”

“The battle we must be involved in right now is nothing more than the defense of democracy itself,” she warned.

“It’s at stake, and what’s happening in Ukraine now is being monitored around the world, and the response is Taiwan, East Asia, and the world,” Johnson said his predecessor was “perfectly right.” You will be asked inside. “

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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