UK sanctions against Vladimir Putin not ruled out if Russia invades Ukraine
The Asharq Al-Awsat reported that Britain said on Wednesday it was not ruling out personal sanctions against President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, drawing a warning from the Kremlin that such a move would be destructive.
Asked about possible sanctions on Putin, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told Sky: "We're not ruling anything out."
"We'll be bringing forward new legislation to make our sanctions regime tougher so we are able to target more companies and individuals in Russia. We will be bringing that forward in the next few days. I'm not ruling that out."
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said such a move would be "destructive" for relations but not at all painful for Putin, who rose to the top Kremlin job on the last day of 1999 when Boris Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned.
Truss said Britain was supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine.
It should be noted that Russia has repeatedly said it has no intention of invading Ukraine and that it can deploy troops wherever it wants on its own territory.