UK closes ports to Russian ships

LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The United Kingdom announced on Tuesday the approval of a law that prohibits access to its ports by Russian ships, a measure with immediate effect in reaction to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

“The legislation will come into force this afternoon,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said.

He said it would apply to ships flying the Russian flag, as well as those owned, registered, controlled, chartered or operated by Russians and private yachts.

In Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, traffic to and from Russia continued without major disruption on Tuesday, with major energy products such as crude oil and LNG unaffected by EU sanctions against Moscow, a spokesman said. Port spokesperson.

However, there is some confusion among shipping companies and customs officials are conducting additional examinations of containers that may contain sanctioned goods, it added.

About 30% of the crude oil and 25% of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) that transit through Rotterdam come from Russia.

(Report Andrew MacAskill and Toby Sterling, French version Diana Mandi√°, edited by Sophie Louet)

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