LONDON — The British government has announced tough new sanctions against dozens of companies supplying military equipment to Russia, in a bid to show the country’s continued support for Ukraine.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Wednesday announced 46 sanctions against individuals and groups supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including companies in Belarus, China, Serbia, Turkey, in the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
The announcement comes as Foreign Secretary David Cameron was due to reaffirm the UK’s support for Ukraine during a visit to Washington, where he will unveil a £29 million humanitarian response package for the torn country by war.
“Today’s sanctions will hit Putin where it hurts, by damaging Russian defense systems and cracking down on illegal supply chains that support the Russian war machine,” said Sanctions Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
“Working alongside our G7 partners and international allies, we will continue to step up pressure on Putin and crack down on third parties supplying restricted goods and technology to Russia, wherever they are located. »
Among the targeted companies are AVIO CHEM, a Serbian company that has sent aircraft parts to Russian entities, and Turkish company Smart Trading Limited, which is involved in supplying sanctioned Western electronics to Russia.
Three Chinese companies – Asia Pacific Links Limited, Sinno Electronics Co., Limited and Xinghua Co. Limited – were also targeted for supplying sanctioned products.
Meanwhile, 31 Russian arms manufacturers and defense importers have been affected by the sanctions, along with three supporters of the Russian-backed private military company Wagner Group and four operators of “ghost” ships circumventing the sanctions. restrictions on Russian oil sales.
In addition to the sanctions, the National Crime Agency issued a notice to banks and other businesses urging them to report suspicious activity and sanction violations.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will join a virtual meeting with G7 leaders on Wednesday.