Reports of London's alleged easing of sanctions another disinformation campaign of Russia

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Canan Kevser
08 January 2021, 10:30
Canan Kevser
08 January 2021, 10:30

Reports of London’s alleged easing of sanctions against the Russian Federation are another disinformation of Russia, officials say.

“Russian media are circulating ‘news’ about Britain’s ‘easing’ of the sanctions regime against Crimea. In fact, this is wishful thinking,” the spokesperson of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleh Nikolenko said.

UK Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons has also denied the fake reports of Russian media and reiterated UK’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“The UK is committed to territorial integrity of Ukraine and to upholding sanctions on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea. Reports that UK sanctions re Crimea have been relaxed are incorrect,” the British Embassy in Kyiv wrote on Facebook, citing the ambassador as saying.

Spokesperson Nikolenko said that on January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union. As no longer an EU member state, the United Kingdom has started the process of transferring European sanctions regimes, including those in the Russian Federation, into its own national legislation.

“The general license of the British Ministry of Finance for the seaports of Crimea reproduced the sanctions deviation from the EU Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP. Such a deviation has existed since 2017,” he explained in an interview with Interfax agency on Thursday.

The spokesperson added that previously it was possible to make payments for the fundamental needs in the Crimean seaports; in particular the purchase of food, medicines and treatment.

“We are not talking about any other innovations,” he stressed.

Reminding that a strategic partnership agreement between Ukraine and the UK came into force on 1 January 2021, Nikolenko said the United Kingdom remains one of the most powerful and most consistent partners of Ukraine in the world. And that the UK continues to provide significant political and practical support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state in the context of countering Russian aggression.

“Therefore, we consider reports of allegedly easing of sanctions against Russia by London as another Russian insinuation,” Nikolenko said.

On January 7, Russian media claimed that the UK post-Brexit allegedly relaxed the sanctions against the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.