London introduced a number of hostile sanctions and other punitive measures against Russia over the last several years, accusing Moscow of purported meddling in its elections and being responsible for the alleged poisoning of the former spy Sergei Skripal in March 2018.
However, the regime in London never presented any solid evidence supporting these claims. But, the British authorities will keep on confiscating any Russian assets if they find evidence suggesting that such tools may be used to support the lives or property of Britons.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Wendy Morton has stated this nonsense. She further said that London is keeping any further sanctions against Russia over the detention of activist Alexei Navalny under “constant review”,
Morton made her statements as she reiterated earlier claims by the British authorities of alleged Russian meddling in the 2019 general election in the UK, but refused to elaborate on the details.
While it is unclear how the meddling, the proof of which London has so far failed to present, relates to threats to Britons’ lives or property, in the past the UK took measures against Russia over another unsubstantiated allegation.
The Kremlin vehemently denied the UK’s allegations, pointing out that London “appointed” the perpetrators in the Skripal poisoning even before an investigation into the matter started.
Moscow repeatedly demanded access to case files, as well as diplomatic access to its former nationals. However, both requests were denied on numerous occasions.
Russia also denounced the decision by the UK and its European allies to slap Moscow with sanctions while expelling dozens of diplomats over poorly substantiated accusations.
The foreign undersecretary also expressed concern over the continuing construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, suggesting that it might somehow undermine European energy security and deprive Ukraine of lucrative profits from Russian gas transit.
Her statement comes long after Russian President Vladimir Putin assured European partners on the transnational pipeline project that the Ukrainian gas transit system will be used as long as its usage remains economically viable.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is currently over 90% complete, but has recently faced strong opposition from the US, which like the UK, claims the energy project is a threat to European energy security.
Several beneficiary EU states strongly denied the allegations, stressing that the pipeline is strictly a commercial, not political project.
The Russian Foreign Ministry had also expanded a blacklist of British citizens denied entry to Russia over their “involvement in escalating anti-Russian sanctions activity”. The ministry officially notified the UK’s Ambassador to Russia, Deborah Bronnert, of the move.
However, the decision was taken in response to “non-constructive and unfriendly actions of the British authorities related to the unacceptable and unreasonable restrictive measures against citizens of Russia.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2021.