Hunt’s push for chem­i­cal weapons sanc­tions

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Steve Bird Ed­ward Mal­nick


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.”

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