The UK has imposed new sanctions on 46 groups and individuals in countries from Serbia to China that are allegedly supplying and funding Russia’s war on Ukraine while helping to evade international sanctions.
The UK government said in a statement on December 6 that the sanctions were aimed at “foreign military suppliers” who export equipment and parts to Russia and “support Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war machine”.
The new sanctions affect companies and businesses operating in China, Turkey, Serbia, Belarus and Uzbekistan.
Russian arms manufacturers and arms importers were also on the list of newly imposed sanctions, as well as “three actors” that support the Wagner Group network and “four operators” of so-called “shadow fleets” that Russia uses for oil attacks. Regarding the sanctions imposed by the UK together with the Group of Seven partners.
“This signals the UK’s zero-tolerance approach to those who enable Russia’s illegal war wherever they are,” the statement said.
Sanctions Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan added that the sanctions “will hit Putin where it hurts by damaging Russian defense systems and hitting the illicit supply chains that support the Russian war machine.”
Ales Luci, the owner of Serbia’s Avio Chem, one of the companies on the list, told Radio Free Europe that he had stopped working with Russian companies, although he could not say exactly when.
“It’s not clear to me what we have to do with Britain when Serbia has no sanctions against Russia and has not imposed any,” Luci said.
An investigation by Radio Free Europe’s Balkans Service last month found that several Serbian companies exporting dual-use goods to Russia have been hit by Western sanctions over their use in Russian weapons stationed in Ukraine – despite President Aleksandar Vucic’s pledge that his country would not serve as a means of circumventing US and EU sanctions.
The investigation revealed that the equipment for the Russian squadron was shipped from Belgrade airport by a company whose address was linked to Avio Chem. According to international trade databases, the company conducted the majority of its trade with two affiliated airlines close to the Putin regime.
The statement issued by the UK said that 31 individuals and organizations, including several directors and their immediate family members, associated with the development and manufacture of drones and missile parts and the import and supply of key electronic components were part of the sanctions.
According to the British government, a further aim of the sanctions is to deprive the Russian military of key components and technology from Western manufacturers.
“Russia was a major arms exporter before the invasion. Instead, it now has to turn to North Korea and Iran to buy unreliable equipment and parts that it previously exported to other countries. While the world is advancing technologically, Russia is regressing,” the statement said./The Geopost/