Ukraine has demanded that Russia be expelled from the International Police Criminal Organization, commonly known as Interpol, over its allegations of abusing the organization and targeting political opponents around the world and in Ukraine. alleged to have been used. The Guardian’s Ruth Michaelson writes.
Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Denis Monastirsky called for Russia’s immediate expulsion via Facebook. “Russia should be expelled from Interpol for violating its basic principles and rampant misuse of equipment and services to cover up its crimes and persecute political enemies,” Ukraine’s broadcasting organization Horomadske reported. The Guardian has contacted Interpol for comment.
Interpol is a supranational police force focused on information-sharing among its 195 member states, primarily with the aim of alerting member states about cross-border movement of criminals through its Red Notice system.
It has been criticized in recent years for its misuse of the Red Notice system by repressive regimes, including Russia, where undemocratic nations use it to flag political dissidents into exile or flee abuse rather than commit crimes.
Former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFall said Russia should be expelled from Interpol in 2018, after critics warned that doing so would turn it into a haven for criminals.
It is not clear how the process of removing a member state from the Secretary General of Interpol might work, or whether similar action has ever been taken before.
Currently, North Korea is the only major country that is a member of the United Nations but is not a part of Interpol.
After being forced to withdraw from the organization when China became a member in 1984, Taiwan has long campaigned to be re-admitted to Interpol.
The European Union has formally approved the provision of €500m to the Ukrainian Armed Forces for the provision of equipment and supplies, including – for the first time – lethal weapons, Our Brussels bureau chief, Daniel Boffi, reports. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said:
Following the request of the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, we are responding immediately by mobilizing the European Peace Facility for two emergency assistance measures to finance the supply of lethal and non-lethal material to the Ukrainian military.
It is the first time in history that the European Union will provide a lethal device to a third country. We are doing everything possible to support Ukraine, we stand with the people of Ukraine.
EU Member States have also approved a proposal to deny permission to land, take off or fly over their territories in any aircraft operated by Russian air carriers, including a marketed carrier, or any Russian registered aircraft, or non-Russian registered. Aircraft that are owned or chartered, or otherwise controlled by a Russian legal or natural person.
Finally, transactions with the Russian Central Bank or any legal person, entity or body acting on behalf of or under the direction of the Russian Central Bank shall be prohibited.
Britain’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, on Monday announced further economic sanctions to cripple Russian state companies and banks, The Guardian’s Jessica Elgot writes.
Truss said it would legislate to introduce new powers to prevent Russian banks from clearing payments in sterling, measures that would apply to Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank. Full asset freezes on three additional Russian banks – Otkrity, Sovcombank and VEB – will happen.
Legislation would restrict the Russian state from raising debt in the UK and prevent Russian companies – more than 3 million in total – from accessing UK capital markets.
Export restrictions will also be imposed in several key sectors, including microelectronics, marine and navigation equipment.
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said he had written to all UK ports not to grant access to any Russian flagged, registered, owned, controlled, chartered or operated vessels.
Truss reiterated that he has a “hit list” of oligarchs who will face further sanctions and added that the UK also wants to go beyond individuals.
She said Britain would target “the families of the oligarchs, the people who work for them, the people who support them and enable them,” a sign at the unease of London’s use of law firms, banks and prestige agencies.
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Ukraine formally requests to join the European Union
Macron talks to Putin
At the request of the Ukrainian government, French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Elysee Palace said in a statement:
The President reiterated the demand of the international community that [Russia] halted its attack against Ukraine, and reaffirmed the need to establish a ceasefire immediately.
As ceasefire talks are underway between Kyiv and Moscow on the Belarus border, Macron also asked Putin to ensure that all attacks and attacks on civilians and their homes for the duration of the talks would be halted, with civilian infrastructure preserved. , and all main roads – especially the road south of Kyiv – will be safe for use.
Elysee’s statement said Putin “reaffirmed his willingness to commit on all three points”.
Macron also called on Putin to ensure that international humanitarian law is respected and civilian populations and aid transport are protected, and called on the Russian president to “keep in touch in the coming days to avoid a worsening of the situation”. asked for
UK home secretary says waiving visa requirements would pose security risk
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is currently talking about offers from Ukrainians wanting to come to the UK.
She summarizes the rules in place. Some requirements and salary limits have already been reduced, she says. She says her changes will result in an additional 100,000 Ukrainians coming to the UK.
Patel says that some MPs are demanding visa waiver for Ukrainians. But she says that she will not agree to it. She says biometric verification is an essential part of the system. They need to be based on security advice, she says. She says Russians are infiltrating the Ukrainian military, and that extremist groups are active in the war zone.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is due to speak in the House of Commons shortly. You can follow his statement on our UK Politics Live blog: