LONDON — The United Kingdom has imposed an import ban on Russian caviar as part of a new round of sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime for the war in Ukraine.
The British government on Thursday announced bans on imports of Russian silver, wood products and luxury goods. The latest measures will also see tariffs rise by 35 percentage points on around £130million of Russian and Belarusian goods, including diamonds and rubber.
Announcing the sanctions, Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the UK “continues to stand with Ukraine”.
“We are taking every opportunity we can to increase pressure to isolate the Russian economy and these additional measures will tighten the screws, shutting down lucrative avenues of funding for Putin’s war machine,” she said.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the ‘significant sanctions’ will bring the UK’s total import tariffs and bans on Russian goods to more than £1billion, ‘imposing further economic pain on the Putin’s economy for his barbaric and unwarranted attacks on a sovereign nation”.
Earlier on Thursday, the UK targeted a series of Russian generals and defense companies involved in the war in Ukraine in its latest round of sanctions.
The UK has already banned the import of steel products from Russia and Belarus, as well as halting exports of luxury goods to Russia, among other measures.