Russia has announced sanctions against dozens of top British politicians, including Foreign Secretary James Cleverley, over “continued anti-Russian activity” in London.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Saturday that sanctions had also been imposed on British ministers “due to the continuation of the British government’s anti-Russian policy in January 2023.”
Among those added to Moscow’s blacklist are Chief of Staff Patrick Sanders, Secretary of State for Leveling, “Cabinet Ministers, Security Service Representatives and Journalists,” Zakharova said.
Earlier this month, it skillfully flaunted figures for the government’s “achievement” of imposing sanctions on officials and freezing other countries’ assets in 2022. In a tweet, the secretary posted image tiles boasting numbers and titled each one “Freeze.” Statements sanctioned, committed, and 2022 is the year to fight tyrants.
Each tile tells the story of how the UK government successfully frozen over €18 billion of Russian assets.
In addition to the sanctions, the British government has supplied Ukraine with deadly military equipment, including heavy tanks, since war with Russia began in February 2022.
Upon taking office in October 2022, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak assured Kyiv of London’s firm support for the European nation in the face of a Russian military campaign.
The UK prime minister’s pledge of financial support comes at a time when his government is unable to cope with soaring inflation that is causing a worsening cost of living crisis across the UK.