UK expanded sanctions against Russia because of its military invasion of the territory of Ukraine. The new restrictions include a ban on the provision of financial and brokerage services, it is also prohibited to import European currencies and pounds sterling into Russia, a number of goods and technologies for the oil refining industry.
The list of new measures by the British government introduces a ban on exports to Russia:
- goods and technologies for “internal repression”;
- components and technologies for the production of chemical and biological weapons;
- seafood and marine technologies;
- technologies and equipment for oil refining;
- additional technologies and components for key economic sectors in the Russian Federation.
Some of the sanctions apply not only to Russia, but also to areas not controlled by Ukraine.
Earlier, the British authorities included in their sanctions list the chairman of the board of directors of the National Media Group Alina Kabaeva and her grandmother Anna Zatsepilina, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, the Russian children’s ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova, as well as the occupation authorities of the Kherson region.
In March, US President Joe Biden signed a decree banning the supply of dollar bills to Russia. Since the beginning of March, the EU has also banned the export of euro banknotes to Russia.