UK warns sanctions will take effect immediately if Russia invades Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

British sanctions will be automatically imposed on Russian business interests and individuals as soon as an incursion into Ukraine occurs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.

“It is vital that Moscow understands that there will be an automation in the way we apply these sanctions, so that as soon as there is a new incursion into the sovereign territory of Ukraine, these sanctions will be applied,” Johnson said at a news conference in Moscow. Kiev. .

“We are introducing new legislation (that) will allow us to identify (…) Russia’s strategic business interests in a very direct way, as well as individual Russian business interests. »

Russia has denied any invasion plans.

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Johnson, speaking alongside Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said Ukraine would resist any invasion.

“I think perhaps the most useful thing that we can all do is communicate with the Russian public, Russian citizens, thinking about this possibility, the reality that the Ukrainian military will be fighting,” Johnson said.

“There are 200,000 men and women in arms in Ukraine, they will put up a very, very fierce and bloody resistance. I think that fathers, mothers in Russia should reflect on this fact and I hope that President Putin will move away from the path of conflict and we will enter into a dialogue. »

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