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Ukraine crisis

When asked about the imposition of sanctions on Russian individuals, the Prime Minister?s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that names of those subject to sanctions would be published in the official journal when the measure came into force. He said that there would be an opportunity on Wednesday for Russia, during Normandy format discussions in Minsk, to signal a different approach. He added that should Russia choose to de-escalate, there might be a small window of opportunity for today?s decision to be reconsidered. However, he said that unanimity would be required to revoke the sanctions and that the burden of proof to demonstrate intent to de-escalate would be on Russia entirely.

When asked about the Prime Minister?s personal leverage on President Putin, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister had always believed that alongside being critical where necessary, the UK should seek to engage diplomatically. He said this approach had always been part of the international community?s efforts to apply pressure and that the Prime Minister was one of a number of senior international leaders who was making the same point to President Putin.

He said evidence had been seen that sanctions had made an impact on Russia and the Russian economy. He added that the Prime Minister had long said there was a need to arrive at a political solution, and there was determination across the EU and US to continue to increase the political and economic costs

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