Britain’s Foreign Secretary said Britain was “not off the table” as Western politicians prepare further sanctions against Russia following reports of atrocities by its forces in the Ukrainian city of Bucha.
“We must announce a tough new wave of sanctions. The reality is that Western money is still pouring into Putin’s war machine and it has to stop,” Liz Truss said at a news conference with her Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Warsaw.
“I will work with our partners to go further. . . banning Russian ships from our ports, cracking down on Russian banks and pursuing new industries that are filling Putin’s war chest like gold, and agreeing on a clear timetable to eliminate our imports of Russian oil, gas and coal.”
Truss said it was “very clear” that “war crimes” had been committed in Ukraine, but said it was for the courts to determine whether genocide had taken place, as suggested by politicians including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may be.
Russia “categorically rejects all allegations” that its armed forces killed masses of civilians in Bucha, the Kremlin said on Monday.
Kuleba said “half measures are no longer enough” and called on the West to “impose the toughest sanctions against Russia this week”.
“This is not the demand of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. This is an appeal from the victims of rape, torture and murder, their families and the entire Ukrainian nation,” he said.
“I have heard thousands of arguments about why this or that sanction cannot be imposed on Russia. It is time to put aside all hesitancy, reticence and business arguments and think about human suffering and the need to stop the Russian war machine.”
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