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London added three Russian nationals and one unit of the Russian National Guard to the sanctions list over purported “egregious human rights violations” on 10 December. The UK accused the Russian nationals of engaging in “torture” and violations against the Chechen LGBT community.
Moscow sees recent actions by the UK against Russian citizens and a rapid response unit of the National Guard as a politically motivated “demarche” and reserves the right to respond in a reciprocal manner, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“We see this as a sign that the British authorities are not ready to abandon their confrontational trend regarding relations with Russia. Naturally, this politically motivated demarche will negatively affect bilateral relations”, Zakharova added.
The UK on 10 December announced that it had included three Russian nationals, Chechen Parliament Speaker Magomed Daudov, Head of the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs Aiub Kataev and his deputy Apti Alaudinov, to the sanctions list. In addition, the local Terek Special Rapid Response Unit was also added to the list of sanctioned entities.
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