As Russia unleashed a war on Ukraine, Europe and the United Kingdom have hit back at Moscow with sanctions in an attempt to stop the military attacks.
Europe and the United Kingdom
In a try to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have hit Moscow with sanctions to stop military aggression as Russia revealed no signs of stepping back. Vladimir Putin also gave a stern warning of consequences for ‘interfering outsiders’.
UK Civil Aviation Authority told
Russia’s Aeroflot was banned from flying to the United Kingdom after President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the ban in parliament and the UK Civil Aviation Authority told it had suspended Aeroflot’s foreign carrier permit. “This means that Aeroflot will not be permitted to operate flights to the United Kingdom until further notice,” the UK Civil Aviation Authority told.
A government official told the coordinated sanctions would knock percentage points off the Russian economy in the next 12 to 18 months.
- In the 10-point sanctions package, the British government told it would impose an asset freeze on some major Russian banks, including state-owned VTB, its second-biggest bank, and stop major Russian companies from raising finance in Britain.
Russia, joining the United States and
A day after Moscow released airstrikes on Ukraine, Russian diplomats were banned from priority access to the European Union (EU). Leaders of the 27-nation bloc approved on Thursday to impose new economic sanctions on Russia, joining the United States and Britain in trying to punish President Vladimir Putin and his allies for unleashing a full-scale attack on Ukraine.
However, the bloc held back from taking the harshest measures sought by Ukraine and split over just how far to carry the sanctions, leaving details to be operated out in the coming days.
EU leaders lambasted Putin at an emergency summit in Brussels, with Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins describing him as “a deluded autocrat creating misery for millions”. The EU will freeze Russian assets in the bloc and halt its banks’ access to European financial markets as part of what EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell described as “the harshest package of sanctions we have ever implemented”.
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French President Emmanuel Macron said
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called an emergency Parliamentary sitting on Sunday and told Putin was ‘jeopardizing peace in Europe’. Scholz told the Ukraine conflict must be banned from ‘spilling over to other European nations, adding that Putin was trying to ‘wipe Ukraine off the map’.
Assuring all forms of support to Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron told Russia’s attack on Ukraine will have ‘deep, lasting consequences for our lives and vowed to answer ‘without weakness’ to Russia’s ‘act of war’.
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