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Plaid Cymru leader calls for ‘full-scale economic embargo’ of Russia

27 Feb 2022 3 minutes Read
Kyiv picture by Elke Wetzig (CC BY-SA 3.0). Inset, Adam Price.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has called on the UK Government to place Russia under a ‘full-scale economic embargo’ following the invasion of Ukraine.

In an article in the Sunday Times today he also warned that “we cannot simply absolve ourselves of our responsibility” to the people of Ukraine as they face an increasingly bloody Russian invasion, and that while Putin is “irrational and nihilistic”, he is not invincible.

Writing about his experiences meeting Government ministers, trade unions, organisations and the families of people living under Russian occupation in the east of Ukraine last week, he said people were “adamant: they wanted peace but were prepared to fight for their independence, their freedom, and their democracy”.

Mr Price claims that the UK Government’s sanctions are so far insufficient, and urged Ministers to “turn the policy of piecemeal, ratcheted sanctions into a full-scale economic embargo”

In the article, Mr Price calls for other measures, including urgent economic aid and lines of credit to the Government of Ukraine, freezing or cancellation of debt, and further limitations on civil aviation out of Russia.

He goes on to call for an indictment against Putin, Lavrov and others for the crime of aggression at the UN Security Council, warning that Putin is “irrational and nihilistic”.

Determination

Mr Price said, “At the beginning of this week, I was in Kyiv able to hear first-hand accounts from the families of those already living in the already Russian occupied territories in the east of the country.

“The quiet determination among the Ukrainian people was palpable while I was there. But in declaring war on Ukraine Putin has declared war on the right of nations everywhere to self-determination.  It will now be the determination of the Ukrainian people that will be a decisive factor in deciding how this war ends.

“However, though the Ukrainians are currently fighting alone, we cannot simply absolve ourselves of our responsibility. We cannot simply dismiss this as yet another ‘foreign land of which we know nothing’.  What happens in Ukraine will reverberate around the world for years to come, from Bosnia to Taiwan.

“Putin is irrational and nihilistic enough to use any provocation to start World War Three which makes the prospect of direct NATO involvement in the war a step fraught with peril.

“But there is much else we can and must do, with urgency.  We need to turn the policy of piecemeal, ratcheted sanctions into a full-scale economic embargo – as total as the one imposed on Iran – designed to cripple the entire Russian state and prevent its economy from functioning. We need to provide the Ukrainian Army with defensive systems of a scale and sophistication that could make a tangible difference to the situation on the ground.

“We need to provide urgent economic aid and lines of credit to the Government of Ukraine and take steps to freeze or cancel their foreign debt.  We need to stop all civil aviation – not just Aeroflot – out of Russia.

“And finally, we should bring an indictment against Putin, Lavrov and others for the crime of aggression at the UN Security Council – and signal, when Russia uses its veto, that we will not stop until they stand indicted at the Hague.  Putin is not invincible.

“But we must now show the same unity, resolve and courage of conviction that is driving ordinary Ukrainians to put their bodies on the line – not just for their children, but also our own.


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Geoffrey ap.
Geoffrey ap.
2 months ago

A well respected world class statesman.
We will do well to listen to him.

Chris Hale
Chris Hale
2 months ago

Mr Price correctly refers to the capital by the Ukrainian name Kyiv. Can you change your picture caption?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 months ago

He is right. We are dealing with a dictator and history has shown us we can not treat dictates placidly. A complete economic shut down of the Russian economy by the West is needed. Sadly, the Russian people will suffer (as will we) but hopefully they will rise up as a result and finally boot Putin out. I suspect though that the UK government is not doing the most it could do because it has too much of a connection with the dirty Russian money floating around London.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago

Those people who were arguing about Neo Nazis in Ukraine should hang their heads in shame. Its Russia that needs “Denazification” not the Ukraine.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Although Ukraine does have a Neo-Nazi problem, so do many other countries, in particular Russia with its extremist football hooligan thugs that are affiliated to White Supremacist Organisations, including America with its CPAC offshoot AFPAC who recently held their rival conference, who along with Donald Trump applauded Putin for his strong leadership and invasion of Ukraine.

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Richard
Richard
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I think regular readers have spotted the three 🇷🇺😈🚨 Putin trolls who have recently appeared and seem to be using Google translate 💬…..

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
2 months ago

And Yemen?
370,000 dead so far, many from British supplied aircraft, missiles etc.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 months ago
Reply to  I.Humphrys

Yes, correct. Be careful the ones who criticise Russia’s annexation of Ukraine forgetting they too in their time have invaded sovereign nations killing thousands. Namely America with the partial annexation of Cuba and their illegal invasion of Iraq, and England with the annexation of Wales and later its Empire.

R W
R W
2 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Let’s not forget there was also the illegal invasion of Grenada by the USA in 1983. Sadly, what we are now witnessing is nothing new.

Cefyn Williams
Cefyn Williams
2 months ago

I’m glad to be able to read this article online. However, the version of the Times circulated in north Wales does not include the article referred to here.
It seems that the Times can get a version of their paper to Scotland and Ireland and we have to make do with the north west of England version.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
2 months ago

Thank you Adam for stepping up, unlike some we could mention in the government, As I have family in Ukraine please could you e mail your MPs to ease restrictions of refugees coming here, they have not eased the restrictions as I write, these people are putting their lives on the line for OUR Europe alone, the least we can do is take some people who have lost everything, that goes for Afgans Syrians etc, and please give to charities helping in any way in Ukraine as well

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

I see our pro Putin troll 😈 identify LS has just withdrawn his piece – there appears now only to be one left in the columns of an associated Ukraine 🇺🇦 based piece re language in Ukraine

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 months ago

Plaid Cymru ‘s Adam Price is a First Minister in waiting. He shows leadership and has proved his commitment to the Ukrainian people by travelling recently in a personal capacity to show solidarity & support even though unfairly criticised by the cowardly Welsh Tories and Whitehall.

Russia is acting like most rogue nations that invade and ride roughshod over a country’s sovereignty, who show scant regard for human life or care about the consequences of their actions.

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