Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would attack Russia with a “first barrage” of economic sanctions, warning that President Vladimir Putin is fixated on a “full-scale invasion of Ukraine”.
He was speaking soon after presiding over an emergency meeting of the Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA) on Tuesday in the wake of Putin’s decision to recognize two separate regions in eastern Ukraine. The UK PM accused Putin of “blatantly” infringing on Ukraine’s sovereignty and “over-walking, subjugation” of an independent, sovereign European country.
“He sent troops, he broke international law, he rejected the Minsk Agreements, and in 1994 broke Budapest’s understanding that Ukraine’s territorial integrity would be respected,” Johnson said.
“They have completely torn down international law and we will immediately put in place a package of economic sanctions, which I think their people would expect. Not only in Donbass, targeting entities in Luhansk and Donetsk, but in Russia Only Russian economic interests were targeted. Try as hard as we can,” he said.
At the COBRA meeting, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that having seen tanks near one of the rebel areas of Donetsk, it could be concluded that “the invasion of Ukraine has begun”. Details of the new sanctions against Russia are expected to be placed in the House of Commons soon.
The COBRA meeting follows widespread condemnation of Russia’s move, which Johnson called a violation of international law and a “ill omen and very dark times”, indicating that things in the region are moving in the wrong direction. Downing Street said latest developments to be discussed at COBRA meeting
Coordinate the response of Ukraine and the UK, including agreeing to “immediately introduce a significant package of sanctions”.
Britain’s Ambassador Barbara Woodward told the Emergency Security Council: “The United Kingdom will announce new sanctions on Russia in response to its violation of international law and an attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Its actions will have serious economic consequences.” meeting on Ukraine
“This Council must unite: call upon Russia to immediately de-escalate; condemn aggression against a sovereign nation, and protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine; call for the peaceful settlement of disputes with Russia under its Charter.” Calling to honor obligations. Russia. Russia has brought us to the brink. We urge Russia to back down,” he said.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has ratified the sanctions, which will use recent legislation to ban people and organizations linked to Russia. In the event of a threat of invasion of Ukraine, these will be increased further.
Earlier this month, the UK government passed new legislation that expanded its powers to ban people directly associated with Russian operations in Ukraine.
The law gave the government powers to impose sanctions on Russian businesses and individuals in strategically important sectors such as the chemical, defence, extractives, ICT and financial services industries.
Many of Britain’s Western allies, including the US, France and the European Union, made similar statements condemning Putin’s move and promising sanctions.
On Monday evening, Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to outline his serious concern and warned that he believed an invasion was a real possibility in “the coming hours and days”.
During the phone call, Johnson promised to “explore sending further defensive support to Ukraine” at the request of the country’s government, as well as detailing the sanctions.
“The leaders agreed that the West needed to support Ukraine in the event of an invasion, but continued to pursue a diplomatic solution until the last possible second,” Downing Street said.
“Despite President Putin’s actions, Britain will remain steadfast in its full support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the prime minister said.
On Monday, Putin’s actions were classified as escalating conflict as he signed a decree recognizing the independence of the self-declared people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. Russian-backed rebels have been fighting Ukrainian forces in those areas since 2014 and fears that military forces may cross Ukraine’s borders to capture rebel areas recognized by Russia.
Putin claims that troops moving to the two rebel areas will carry out “peacekeeping” tasks. Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said the country was ready for a diplomatic solution, but reiterated Putin’s allegations, accusing Ukraine of increasing aggression. Ukraine vehemently denies this and has declared that it is not afraid and will not bow down to Russia.
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