Britain presses for extra EU sanctions towards Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Tuesday will name for the European Union to extend sanctions towards Russia, saying the bloc needed to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with the United States, which hit Moscow with new financial curbs this month.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attends a joint news conference in Vantaa, Finland August 14, 2018. LEHTIKUVA/Vesa Moilanen/through REUTERS

Foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the world “a more dangerous place”, and that after a chemical weapons assault in England, the EU ought to apply extra stress to make sure Russia sticks to worldwide guidelines.

“Today the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling on the European Union to ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive, and that we truly stand shoulder to shoulder with the US,” Hunt will inform an viewers in Washington in his first main speech since his appointment in July.

“That means calling out and responding to transgressions with one voice whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea.”

Britain, the EU, and the United States blame Russia for a nerve agent assault towards a Russian double agent within the English metropolis of Salisbury earlier this 12 months. The Kremlin denies involvement.

Earlier this month the United States, citing the Salisbury incident, imposed sanctions towards Russia overlaying national-security associated items. It has promised extra hard-hitting measures except Russia gave “reliable assurances” it will not use chemical weapons.

The sanctions sparked a sell-off throughout Russian markets, and pushed up the nation’s price of borrowing – with each more likely to worsen if the second wave of measure is enacted.

Britain is making ready to go away the EU subsequent 12 months, however its sanctions coverage is at present decided in Brussels. The EU just lately agreed to resume sanctions towards Russia referring to its annexation of Crimea and exercise within the area.

But, the EU has not imposed sanctions associated to Salisbury, though it strongly condemned Moscow and joined worldwide motion to expel Russian officers. Its measures towards Russia embody finance restrictions and arms exports.

Hunt, who took over from Boris Johnson as overseas secretary in July, will meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and different U.S. officers on Wednesday, and handle the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

His speech in a while Tuesday can even define different threats that Britain sees to the global order, together with telling China that “with economic power comes political responsibility”, and criticising their inaction over Crimea and chemical weapons.

On Brexit, the place negotiations have turn out to be slowed down because the deadline for reaching an exit cope with the EU approaches, Hunt will repeat a message he has been delivering to European leaders over the summer time:

“The risk of a messy divorce, as opposed to the friendship we seek, would be a fissure in relations between European allies that would take a generation to heal… now is the time for the European Commission to engage with an open mind with the fair and constructive proposals made by the Prime Minister.”

Reporting by William James; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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