The UK has announced its biggest-ever campaign against countries aiding Russia. Individuals and companies from Turkey, the UAE, Slovakia and Switzerland have come under the restrictions. The British Foreign Office said that all of them “support the illegal war in Ukraine”.
The sanctions list includes:
– Turkish companies Turkik Union and Azu International, which export microelectronics to Russia;
– Aeromotus Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Trading LLC of Dubai, which supplies Russia with drones and their components.
London also took additional measures to counter Iranian and Belarusian support for the Russian military. The sanctions affected:
– Iranian nationals and organizations involved in research, development and production of UAVs for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps;
– Belarusian defense organizations involved in the production of military equipment.
The UK is also imposing sanctions against three Russian companies operating in the electronics industry. These companies purchased Western microelectronics needed for weapons used in the invasion.
This package of sanctions is part of a wider campaign against those supplying and financing the Russian invasion. It is Britain’s most sweeping action against third-country arms suppliers, London said.
“Today’s historic sanctions will further reduce Russia’s arsenal and reduce the scope of supplies supporting Putin’s now struggling defense industry. <…> We will continue to work with our international partners to prevent third parties from supplying weapons”, James Cleverly pledged.