LONDON (QHA) -

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko discussed with British Prime Minister Theresa May the issue of strengthening the sanctions in response to Russia's aggressive actions, the press service of the Head of state reported.

May once again condemned Russia's aggression in Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea. The President of Ukraine, in turn, thanked Great Britain for not recognizing the illegal Russian presidential elections in the annexed Ukrainian peninsula.

The parties also discussed the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Poroshenko expressed solidarity with the British government and said that Ukraine is ready to help in the investigation of the case if necessary.

Furthermore, during the conversation, issues of strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defense were raised. The Head of the Ukrainian state invited the British Prime Minister to pay an official visit to Ukraine.

Reportedly, Ukraine plans to impose the same sanctions against the Russian Federation as the US.

Earlier, on April 6, the United States included 38 Russian businessmen, officials and companies in the sanctions list.

Sanctions, in particular, are imposed against such oligarchs as Oleg Deripaska, Suleiman Kerimov, Kirill Shamalov and Viktor Vekselberg. Also among those who are now subject to restrictions are the head of Gazprom Aleksei Miller, FSB director Nikolai Patrushev, and other officials.

In total, seven Russian businessmen, seventeen officials and twelve companies have been sanctioned, including Rosoboronexport, EN + Group, Renova and Gazprom Burenie.

QHA