By CECIL HAGAN/Reuters The British government is stepping up travel restrictions after Russia’s move to ban U.N. Security Council members from traveling to the U.A.E. on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the U-N.
Council of Ministers issued a joint statement calling on Russia to “take immediate steps to allow its diplomats to leave the country immediately.”
It said that the U.-N.
envoy to the Russian Federation, Ivan Gusev, was “requested to convey the U,N.
Mission’s position on this matter.”
U.S.-Russia relations have plunged in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and the ensuing protests against it.
Putin’s government has threatened sanctions against the U., which is not a sign that it wants to end ties.
Putin on Friday also banned all U. S. citizens from traveling abroad, except for official business, and said the U is now at war with the U and that it was time for the U to “reclaim its independence.”
On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the Security Council’s resolution was a “dangerous step that undermines the integrity of international order and poses a threat to the security of all countries.”
Russia’s Security Council said it had decided to impose travel bans on the United States, China, France, Germany, Britain, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Russia, according to a statement released by the ministry.
It was not immediately clear when the U will respond to the move.
Russia has said the moves are part of a broader plan to curb its influence and its “extremist influence” in the world, but the United Nations has said there is no such plan.
The Security Council sanctions are expected to affect some 300,000 people from the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, the UAE, Turkey, Qatar, Bahrain, the Philippines, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Ecuador, Belarus, Bulgaria, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Slovenia, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Serbia, Estonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The U.T.O. said the move was likely to increase tensions between the United states and Russia.
The Russian Embassy in London said it welcomed the measures.
“Russia will take a firm stand against the United Sates unilateral measures, which are a serious violation of the international law,” the embassy said in a statement on Friday.
“The Russian side, for its part, will maintain a firm stance against any further actions that could escalate tensions and escalate the situation on the ground.”
government has been working closely with the Trump administration and other world leaders to deal with the crisis.
Trump on Friday told reporters in the Oval Office that “we’re going to have a very strong response” to Russia’s moves, but did not say what the U’s response might be.
The White House said in early April that it would seek to impose economic sanctions on Russia if it did not reverse its actions.
The Trump administration said Friday that it is now prepared to impose some $1 trillion in additional sanctions against Russia and other countries.