London [UK]January 16 (ANI): UK Foreign Secretary James Smart on Monday confirmed that he has been sanctioned by the Russian authorities and said he was happy if support for Ukraine’s freedom was limited.
Taking to Twitter, Cleverly said, “I’ve been sanctioned by the Russian government. Good. If that’s the price for supporting Ukrainian freedom, then I’m happy to be sanctioned #SlavaUkraini.”
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Earlier on Saturday, Russia announced the sanctions on Cleverly and other cabinet members over the British government’s “anti-Russian move,” according to Anadolu Agency.
“Regarding the continuation of the British government’s anti-Russian course, in January of this year, it was decided to additionally include a number of cabinet members, representatives of law enforcement authorities and journalists of the United Kingdom on the Russian ‘stop list’,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
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A total of 36 people have been sanctioned, including Housing Secretary Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden, Minister Without Portfolio Nadim Zahavi and Chief of the General Staff Patrick Sanders.
Zakharova said the Russian Foreign Ministry “sees no expediency” in publishing the entire list because British authorities “understand” who is included, Anadolu Agency reported.
“If the official bodies of the United Kingdom show an interest in this issue, we will be ready to inform the British authorities and the public about those who agree to a hostile move aimed at demonizing our country and trying to isolate it internationally, and destroy the basis of bilateral relations,” she said.
Those sanctions came after Britain said it would supply Ukraine with 14 Challenger 2 tanks in the coming weeks.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sonk told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call on Saturday that London would send 12 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine.
“Sending Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine is the start of a shift in UK support. A squadron of 14 tanks will enter the country in the coming weeks after the Prime Minister told President Zelensky that Britain would provide additional support to help Ukraine. Ground war. About 30 AS90 aircraft , which are large self-propelled guns, operated by five gunners, are expected to follow,” the British government said in a statement.
According to the publication, more details about Britain’s support for Kiev will be revealed on Monday.
“The UK will begin training Ukraine’s armed forces to use tanks and artillery in the coming days, as part of a wider UK effort that has seen thousands of Ukrainian soldiers trained in the UK over the past six months,” the statement continued.
Sank tasked the defense secretary with bringing together European allies to ensure that the surge in global military support is as strategic and coordinated as possible.
“The Defense Secretary will travel to Estonia and Germany this week to work with NATO allies and other international partners to this end,” the UK Prime Minister’s Office said. (ANI)
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