Britain sanctions Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s wife, 205 others

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April 13 (UPI) — Britain announced Wednesday it has newly sanctioned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s wife, Maria Lavrova, and 205 others over Russia’s war against Ukraine.

“In the wake of horrific rocket attacks on civilians in Eastern Ukraine, we are today sanctioning those who prop up the illegal breakaway regions and are complicit in atrocities against the Ukrainian people. We will continue to target all those who aid and abet Putin’s war,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement.

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Wednesday’s announcement also said Britain will ban the import of Russian steel and iron products and export of luxury goods to Russia.

“From tomorrow, we are banning the import of Russian iron and steel, as well as the export of quantum technologies and advanced materials that Putin sorely needs. We will not rest in our mission to stop Putin’s war machine in its tracks,” Truss said.

Later Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced it was imposing sanctions on 398 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Russian state news agency TASS.

The ministry said in a statement the “mirror sanctions” were in response to those the Biden administration announced March 24 targeting more than 328 members of the Russian Duma, among others.

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According to TASS, Russia is also banning the sanctioned U.S. House members from entering the Russian Federation.

Of the 206 Russians newly sanctioned by the British government , 178 individuals are targeted in coordination with the European Union for allegedly helping to prop up the “illegal breakaway regions of Ukraine,” according to the statement.

They include separatists, six oligarchs, close associates and employees, among others.

Last week, the United States sanctioned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters, accusing them of working in support of the Russian government.

Sanctions imposed by Britain and its global allies are having “deep and damaging consequences for Putin’s ability to wage war,” the British government said.

Analysis shows Russia “is heading for the deepest recession since the collapse of the Soviet Union with £275 billion — 60% of Russian foreign currency reserves — currently frozen.”

Destroyed buildings stand in Borodianka, northwest of Kyiv, on April 5, 2022. Photo by Vladyslav Musienko/UPI | License Photo