Britain’s foreign secretary says ‘nothing is on the table’ for Britain as Western politicians prepare new sanctions against Russia following reports of atrocities committed by its forces in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.
“We must announce a new wave of severe sanctions. The reality is that money continues to flow from the West to Putin’s war machine, and it has to stop,” Liz Truss told a press 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 filling Putin’s war chest, such as gold, and agreeing on a clear timetable to eliminate our imports of oil, gas and Russian coal.
Truss said it was “very clear” that “war crimes” had been committed in Ukraine, but said it was up to the courts to determine whether genocide had taken place, as politicians such as have suggested. than Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Russia “categorically denies any accusation” that its forces killed civilians en masse in Bucha, the Kremlin said on Monday.
Kuleba said “half measures are no longer enough” and called on the West to take “the toughest sanctions against Russia this week”.
“This is not the request of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister. This is a call from the victims of rape, torture and murder, their relatives and the entire Ukrainian nation,” he said.
“I have heard thousands of arguments as to why this or that sanction cannot be imposed on Russia. It is time to put aside any hesitation, any reluctance, any commercial argument and think about the suffering human rights and the need to stop the Russian war machine.