Theresa May set to press EU for enhanced Russian sanctions

Theresa May set to press EU for enhanced Russian sanctions
© Getty Images

British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament on Wednesday she will push for more sanctions on Russia at a forthcoming European Union summit following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England, earlier this year. 

“I will be pressing to ensure that we maintain sanctions against Russia,” May said. “Indeed, I think there are some areas where we should be enhancing that sanctions regime.”

ADVERTISEMENT

May's comments come as relations between Russia and the West continue to decline amid Moscow's election meddling and the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March. 

Western officials blamed the nerve-agent attack on Russia, moving to expel more than 150 Russian diplomats from their borders. 

Moscow has denied involvement in the attack. 

Senior U.S. and United Kingdom officials also publicly blamed Russia in April for coordinated cyber attacks against global internet infrastructure as a means of espionage and intellectual property theft. 

The proposed sanctions also come after last week's Group of Seven (G-7) summit, before which President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE called for Russia to be reinstated into the international group. 

“Russia should be in this meeting,” Trump said outside the White House. "Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?"

“Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run,” he said. “And in the G-7, which used be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.” 

Russia was expelled from the then-Group of Eight in 2014 as punishment for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Kremlin separatists in Eastern Ukraine.