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Russia sanctions 36 UK nationals including Foreign Secretary Cleverly

Move comes as UK promised further military aid to Ukraine in the ongoing war

James Cleverly UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (right) with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Right).

Russia on Saturday announced sanctions on 36 people including UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Army personnel in retaliation to UK's sanctions on Russia and for its 'anti-Russian' activities.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that sanctions were imposed additionally on British cabinet members, representatives of security agencies reciprocating UK's anti-Russian moves. 

The Russian news agency TASS reported quoting Zakharova, “Due to British government’s continued anti-Russian course in January 2023, a decision was made to additionally include a number of British Cabinet members, representatives of security agencies and journalists to the Russian blacklist.”

The publication reported that the list includes UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden, Minister Without Portfolio Nadhim Zahawi, Chief of General Staff Patrick Sanders, representatives of the Strategic Command and the National Cyber Security Centre." 

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