Nicola Sturgeon brands Putin a ‘war criminal’ after Russia ban

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland stands with Ukraine (Robert Perry/PA) (PA Wire)
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland stands with Ukraine (Robert Perry/PA) (PA Wire)

Nicola Sturgeon has branded Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” after she was banned from entering Russia.

Ms Sturgeon was barred from entering the country along with Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace for their “hostile actions” towards Russia.

In a statement, Ms Sturgeon said: “Putin is a war criminal and I will not shy away from condemning him and his regime.

"Scotland is determined to take the strongest possible action to isolate and penalise his regime, and do everything possible to support the people of Ukraine.

"We must make sure that those on the side of freedom and democracy work together to ensure Putin's regime, and his network of oligarchs, are as isolated as possible.

"International condemnation - not just in words but in actions - against Russia must be as strong as possible.

"It falls to every leader to choose a side in this unprovoked aggression. I am clear that I stand with Ukraine and against Putin. And Scotland is clear - we all stand with Ukraine."

 (Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)
(Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

The Russian foreign ministry claimed UK politicians had taken a “Russophobic” course of action against the state since the start of the conflict.

Its own statement read: “The Russophobic course of action of the British authorities, whose main goal is to stir up negative attitude toward our country, curtailing of bilateral ties in almost all areas, are detrimental to the wellbeing and interests of the residents of Britain.”

On Thursday, the UK Government announced sanctions for Eugene Tenenbaum and David Davidovich.

It is estimated the measures will impact £10billion worth of assets, while the there have now been 106 sanctions trageting oligarchs, family members and associates since the beginning of the war.

While UK officials have now been barred from mentering Russia, US intelligence sources have warned Russia is set to relaunch an offensive in the coming days afer withdrawing from areas such as Kyiv.

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