boris johnson: West to impose massive sanctions to hamper Russian economy: UK’s Boris Johnson
Western countries are expected to announce coordinated sanctions after imposing a limited initial package earlier this week that was criticized by some as a weak response to Russia’s recognition of two breakaway regions in Ukraine.
“Today, together with our allies, we will agree to a massive set of economic sanctions designed in time to cripple the Russian economy,” Johnson said in a televised address to the nation.
He said the West must end its dependence on Russian oil and gas, which had given Russian President Vladimir Putin a grip on Western politics.
“Our mission is clear: diplomatically, politically, economically and possibly militarily, this hideous and barbaric enterprise of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”
In earlier comments on Twitter, the British leader called the invasion a “catastrophe” for Europe and said he would speak to other wealthy G7 country groups.
âI will also speak to other G7 leaders and call for an urgent meeting of all NATO leaders as soon as possible,â he said.
Foreign Minister Liz Truss said she had summoned the Russian ambassador to explain Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.
Britain, like the United States and the European Union, had threatened to impose tougher sanctions on Russia if it invaded Ukraine, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously said Moscow would not make. never.
On Wednesday, Johnson told finance chiefs he wanted to impose the “next toughest round of sanctions possible” on Russia, a move he described as capable of “making a difference and changing the outcome”. .
In his address on Thursday, he told the Russians he did not believe the invasion was being carried out in their name, as he pledged to support Ukraine until the flame of freedom “burn again”.
“I don’t believe that the Russian dictator can ever subdue Ukrainian national sentiment and their passionate belief that their country should be free,” he said.
“I say to the British people and to all those who have heard Putin’s threats against those who support Ukraine: we will of course do everything to keep our country safe.”