Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded to her British counterpart James Cleverley, who said he was glad to be subject to Russian sanctions. In response, Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel on January 16 that he had yet to answer for supporting the Kyiv regime.
The British Foreign Secretary said he was happy to fall under Russian sanctions, if that’s the price of helping Kyiv, earlier in the day.
Dear James, you don’t understand. This is for the anti-Russian course and personal sanctions. But we still have to answer for the support of the Kyiv regime and neo-Nazism, ”Zakharova answered this.
On January 14, Zakharova announced that Cleverly, as well as British Chief of Staff Patrick Sanders, were on Russia’s retaliatory sanctions list of 36 people.
According to her, the decision to include in the list a number of members of the cabinet of ministers, representatives of law enforcement agencies and the journalistic corps of Great Britain was made because of the anti-Russian course pursued by the government of the country.
Prior to this, on November 30 last year, Britain expanded the anti-Russian sanctions list by 22 positions. It included Russian politicians, officials, entrepreneurs and military commissars of the regions of the Russian Federation.
Also, the anti-Russian sanctions list was expanded on November 2. Then it was supplemented with four new names and introduced a ban on the import of gold from Russia.
Western countries have strengthened anti-Russian sanctions in response to the conduct of a special operation by the Russian Federation to protect Donbass, which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The decision to start it was made against the backdrop of an aggravation of the situation due to shelling by Ukrainian troops.
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