The Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov has warned that they will retaliate if London imposes sanctions against Russia should they invade Ukraine.
Boris Johnson has said that a “very, very tough” package of sanctions are “ready to go” against Russia, but Lavrov said that Moscow will respond to any action taken.
The British Prime Minster said that in the event of a “reckless” invasion, “What we’re doing is targeting particular Russian banks, Russian companies, and making sure that we take steps, take even more steps, to unseal the facade of Russian property holdings… whether in London or elsewhere.
“Unpeel the facade of Russian ownership of companies. And also take steps to take Russian companies from raising capital on London financial markets.”
Lavrov said, “It will be necessary to adopt corresponding legislation against those who are trying to build a career – to increase ratings and gain popularity using Russophobic sentiment.”
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News, “What we haven’t seen is evidence of withdrawal that has been claimed by the Kremlin.
“Until we see a proper de-escalation we should all be cautious about the direction of travel from the Kremlin.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said on Wednesday, “We have heard the signs from Moscow about readiness to continue diplomatic efforts.
“But so far we have not seen any de-escalation on the ground. On the contrary it appears that Russia continues their military build-up.”
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