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Prime Minister Theresa may after the poisoning of former GRU officer Sergei Skripal, which accused the Russian government, developing plans of economic warfare against Russia. It is reported by The Independent, citing a government source.
“It will be an economic war, it will be economic measures. Russia’s economy is two times less than the British, and basically it is concentrated in the hands of a small handful of people. We have to make the economy has become even less once they [the Russians] want to continue in the same spirit,” — said the interlocutor of the newspaper.
Mae March 14 intends to meet with the British national security Council to discuss options for measures, which then, as expected, can be presented to the House of Commons.
As suggested by The Independent, British authorities are considering freezing and confiscation of assets, and prohibitions on issuing visas to Russian citizens and the expulsion of diplomats.
The publication notes that restrictions can take in the law “About criminal Finance.” It allows to seize assets in the case if the owner was unable to prove the legality of their origin or the legal origin of the funds for which they were purchased.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia was discovered unconscious in British Salisbury on 4 March. According to Scotland Yard, the former intelligence officer, a British national, and his daughter — a citizen of Russia. British authorities believe that the poisoning Skripal with high probability is Moscow, according to London when the attack was used in the Russian nerve gas “Beginner”.
Mae March 13, has put forward an ultimatum to Moscow, according to which within 24 hours, the Russian side should most likely explained about the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal, otherwise London would consider the incident in Salisbury illegal use of Russian force against the UK. Moscow for its part has refused to respond to the ultimatum, expired at 03:00 Moscow time.
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