Russia Banned from Using U.K. Accountants, Consultants, and PR

As Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced that Russia was barred from having access to U.K. accountants, management consultants and public relations firms, she also announced another tranche of sanctions in an effort to increase international pressure on Vladimir Putin.

  • The United Kingdom says that sanctions will also apply to public relations firms
  • RT, Sputnik Online also sanctioned by the government for ‘disinformation.

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wednesday’s statement stated that Russia’s business will no longer be able to benefit from British firms’ expertise. British firms currently account for about 10% of Russian imports into these sectors.

Truss stated that doing business with Putin’s government is morally corrupt and helps to fund a war machine that causes untold suffering in Ukraine. “Cutting Russia’s access British services will increase pressure on the Kremlin, and ultimately ensure that Putin fails in Ukraine.”

This move is consistent with the western and British approach of increasing sanctions against Russia in order to squeeze its economy. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stated Wednesday that the bloc will ban Russian crude oil within the next six-months. Britain already stated that it will phase out Russian oil imports by the end of the year.

According to the statement, the U.K. announced new sanctions against 63 people and organizations. Many of these sanctions target Russian news organizations.

These sanctions apply to websites, social media accounts, and apps of RT and Channel One, as well as RT’s channels on Channel One and Sputnik. The U.K. has already banned RT’s broadcasting of its television channel in the U.K. Russian war correspondents from All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company and Komsomolskaya Pravda were also prohibited. They are accused by the U.K. of spreading disinformation and propagandism.

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