The UK has imposed sanctions against Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov because of the situation in Ukraine, follows from the corresponding list of the British Foreign Ministry.
The restrictions imply the freezing of assets, but the document does not specify which assets are in question and whether they exist. Earlier, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the head of state keeps money in the bank “Russia,” which is already under sanctions. The Kremlin representative noted that restrictive measures are not painful for any representative of the top Russian leadership.
As the reason for the imposition of sanctions, London pointed out that Putin is responsible for the policy of the Russian government and the country’s Armed Forces, and in February “ordered the troops to launch an invasion of Ukraine.”
In turn, Lavrov, according to the British Foreign Ministry, is one of the key decision-makers, and therefore he is “involved in destabilizing and undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”
Unlike previous individuals on the British sanctions list, Lavrov and Putin were not banned from entering the country.
Commenting on the actions of the UK, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that “neither Putin nor Lavrov have accounts either in Britain or anywhere abroad.”