UK imposes services sanctions on Russia over illegal annexation of Ukraine

The UK government on Friday imposed new services and goods export bans on Russia in response to what it termed the illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine after sham referendums.

UK imposes services sanctions on Russia over illegal annexation of Ukraine

Press Trust of India London
The UK government on Friday imposed new services and goods export bans on Russia in response to what it termed the illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine after sham referendums.
The services sanctions are designed to target vulnerable sectors of the Russian economy, including IT consultancy, architectural services, engineering services and transactional legal advisory services for certain commercial activity.
UK Foreign Secretary also instructed the Russian Ambassador, Andrey Kelin, be summoned to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), to protest in the strongest terms against the Russian action in Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
The UK utterly condemns [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's announcement of the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory. We will never recognise the results of these sham referendums or any annexation of Ukrainian territory, said UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.
The Russian regime must be held to account for this abhorrent violation of international law. That's why we are working with our international partners to ramp up the economic pressure through new targeted services bans. What happens in Ukraine matters to us all, and the UK will do everything possible to assist their fight for freedom, he said.
According to the FCDO, the UK is moving in lockstep with international partners and as Russia imports 67 per cent of its services from the sanctioning countries, it will impact access to IT services, advertising services, transactional legal advisory services and auditing services.
The UK has also sanctioned Elvira Nabiullina, the Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.
The FCDO said that in her role, Nabiullina has been instrumental in steering the Russian economy through the Russian regime's illegal war against Ukraine and extending the ruble into the Ukrainian territories that are temporarily controlled by Russia.
The governor is now personally subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. Russia is highly dependent on Western countries for legal services with 85 per cent of all legal services being imported from G7 countries given London is an international legal centre, the UK accounts for 59 per cent of these imports, the FCDO said.
The new legal advisory measures will cover certain commercial and transactional services and hamper Russia's businesses' ability to operate internationally. IT consultancy services will also be banned, including designing IT systems and software applications. Alongside the UK's previous ban on quantum computing exports and computing services, and with over 1,70,000 IT specialists fleeing Russia since the invasion began, these measures will further erode Russia's ability to maintain technological development with the rest of the world, it said.
The export of almost 700 goods from the UK to Russia are also being banned.
The list includes hundreds of goods that are critical for production in Russia's manufacturing sector, with imports from the UK totalling over GBP 200 million last year.
In total, GBP 19 billion worth of UK-Russia trade has been wholly or partially sanctioned, based on official 2021 trade flows.

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First Published: Sep 30 2022 | 10:03 PM IST

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