: UK pushes for broader sanctions on Russian leadership

13:53 Jul. 5, 2016

UK pushes for broader sanctions on Russian leadership

The statue of William Churchill stands silhouetted in Parliament Square, as St Stephen's Tower, commonly known as Big Ben, stands as part of the Houses of Parliament are seen in the background London, U.K.  (GettyImages Photo)

Defense committee of the British Parliament says, London's policy against Moscow will not change because of Brexit

The Defense Committee of the British Parliament has called for broader sanctions against the Russian Federation. Their decision is published on the official website of the institution.

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The Committee, while admitting the sanctions have damaged Russian economy, says, the existing restrictions haven't help the EU achieve their goals.

"Their effects are felt most keenly by the Russian public and they have not reduced Russian military investment and expansion. Nor have sanctions yet led to compliance with the Minsk Agreements", the officials said.

In order to ramp up the pressure on Moscow, Britain proposes to extend the current restrictions by targeting more Russian officials.

"We call on the Government to consider extending travel bans to a larger portion of the Russian leadership", the message said.

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At the same time, the British Secretary of State for Defense highlighted the importance of sanctions imposed by the EU in response to the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine. The secretary claimed, sanctions were "making sure that Russia pays a price" by reducing its GDP and increasing its inflation.

In a joint statement the Committee announced the UK's policy regarding Russia "will not be put to the test in the light of Brexit".

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