Russia on Saturday imposed sanctions on 25 British diplomats in a transfer it described as a response to U.Ok. penalties in opposition to Russian officers over alleged human rights abuses earlier this yr.
The transfer is the newest in a sequence of confrontations between the UK and Russia, whose relations have turn out to be more and more tense for the reason that tried assassination of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal on British soil in 2018.
In an announcement, Russia’s international ministry mentioned that “in response to the unfriendly actions of the British authorities and on the premise of the precept of reciprocity, the Russian facet decided to impose private sanctions in opposition to 25 British representatives who’re barred from getting into the Russian Federation.” Moscow didn’t title which U.Ok. diplomats can be affected.
The British authorities in July introduced it had banned 25 Russian nationals from getting into the U.Ok., in addition to freezing a few of their worldwide belongings, in reference to the loss of life of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in police custody in 2009 after he uncovered corruption linked to a number of high-level native officers.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing within the case, and described Britain’s response as an try to intervene with Russian inside affairs.
Dominic Raab, the British international secretary, mentioned the choice to focus on the Russian diplomats with sanctions was a part of the U.Ok.’s effort to uphold international human rights. “It is a demonstration of International Britain’s dedication to appearing as a power for good on this planet,” he mentioned in July.