Hunt’s push for chemical weapons sanctions
SENIOR Russian politicians and bosses of their spying network could have sanctions imposed on them within months following the Salisbury attack.
The move comes as EU leaders are poised to agree a new chemical weapons sanction regime tomorrow.
The UK and France are pressing for the new system to be adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Luxembourg. Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, along with a number of allies will call for those responsible for the use and proliferation of chemical weapons to have assets frozen and travel bans imposed.
He will also tell the FAC that plans for a new cyber-related sanctions regime must be sped up to try to tackle the growing menace of Russians targeting other countries’ networks.
Mr Hunt will thank eight foreign ministers – from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania – today at Chevening, his country residence, for their support in the effort to end the use of chemical weapons.
Mr Hunt said: “We now need to redraw the red line that says that for anyone using these horrific weapons the price will always be too high. These new sanctions are vital, but they are not the end of the story.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “It would not come as any surprise if the UK was pushing listings associated with Salisbury. But this isn’t just about Russia and Salisbury, it targets chemical weapons use across the globe.”