British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said on Saturday that her country’s sanctions against Russia for the invasion of Ukraine they could be lifted if Moscow commits to a ceasefire and withdraws its troops.
In an extensive interview with the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Truss said that the Kremlin must also accept “no more attacks” against Ukraine for British sanctions against hundreds of Russian individuals and entities to be lifted.
Britain and its Western allies have sanctioned more than 1,000 Russians and Belarusians, both individuals and businesses, for the invasion of Ukraine.
“Sanctions will only be lifted with a complete ceasefire and withdrawal, but also with commitments that there will be no more aggression,” Truss told the newspaper.
“In addition, the sanctions could be reimposed if there are more aggressions in the future,” he pointed.
The head of British diplomacy stressed that Russia adhered to multiple agreements that it has not complied with, “so there must be hard levers” when dealing with Moscow.
His comments reflect recent statements by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who stated that sanctions against Russia “they are not designed to be permanent and would be lifted if Russia changes its behavior.”
However, tensions with the Kremlin have grown throughout the month of war in Ukraine.
On Saturday, US President Joe Biden called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, “A butcher” what “cannot stay in power”.
Truss also revealed that he had created a specialized negotiation unit to help Ukraine in its peace talks with Russia, although he warned that it would only be useful “When the Russians get serious about negotiations.”
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