Britain to block Russian ships from entering U.K. ports, sanctions more banks

Britain on Monday unveiled a new package of sanctions against Russia that included a move to ban Russian vessels from accessing U.K. ports, even as some were en route, and asset freezes against new banks.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that he has written to all U.K. ports and asked them “not to provide access” to any Russian ship.

“Given Putin's action in Ukraine I've made clear these vessels are NOT welcome here with prohibiting legislation to follow,” he said.

The move follows an announcement last week by Shapps that Britain was banning Russian private jets from its airspace. Critics, however, said that loopholes meant that jets registered elsewhere and operated by intermediary companies were exempt from the rules.

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Source: The Washington Post