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Watch: We must be prepared to sacrifice to make sure Russia ‘feels the consequences’ says Mark Drakeford

24 Feb 2022 3 minute read
Vladimir Putin picture by Kremlin.ru (CC BY 4.0). Mark Drakeford (right) Picture by Doubledoppler (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Wales’ First Minister has said that the international community must be prepared to make sacrifices in order to impose the required level of sanctions on Russia to punish Vladimir Putin for his invasion of Ukraine.

Mark Drakeford said that Russia would no doubt retaliate by seeking to cut off energy supplies which could drive up prices in the UK.

“Unless the international community is prepared to take those measures at the really intensive end of a sanctions regime, then I’m afraid that it will not send the message that we need to send to the Putin regime,” he told Times Radio.

“And that means we’ve all got to be prepared to make some sacrifices in order to reassert the liberal world order.

He added that the news was “authentically shocking” and that it was an “entirely unprovoked attack on an independent nation”.

“I think we have to be prepared to be part of an international effort that is serious about making sure that the current Russian government feels the consequences of the actions its has chosen to take.

“And that means being prepared to take action that will have a direct consequence on ourselves.

“Because if we take the sort of sanctions that I think is necessary then no doubt there will be retaliatory action, and there will be difficult times ahead for us all.

“It will mean I think some of the things on which we reply on Russia. So obviously gas is the main thing people will think of immediately. That will have an impact on us too because it will drive up energy prices.”

Russian forces launched a major military assault on Ukraine this morning, with reports of missile strikes and explosions across the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that a “massive package” of sanctions will be introduced to deter Russia.

The European Union have also said they will freeze Russian assets in the EU and stop the access of Russian banks to the European financial market.

Vladimir Putin however warned that Moscow’s response will be “instant” if anyone tries to take on Russia.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

What have you in mind Mr Drakeford and have you read the Guardian piece by Angus Roxburgh? Best to avoid Westminster and Fat Shanks’ duplicitous maneuverings…

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
7 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Wales cannot impose sanctions and all he is doing is warning us that effective sanctions will have a cost. This is in stark contrast to Johnson and in line with warnings that various EU member states are issuing to their people.
Johnson is mouthing off about unilateral UK action then doing nothing, Drakeford is calling for a co-ordinated response.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

I know that Kerry but thanks anyway. How many folks hereabouts have any holes left in their belts to tighten?

Last edited 7 months ago by Mab Meirion
Cynan
Cynan
7 months ago

Great. Point us in the right direction and don’t bother routing it through Westminster. They have been pocketing laundered roubles for decades. Plus they owe Putin for Brexit interference

Andrew
Andrew
7 months ago
Reply to  Cynan

Yes Cynan.Perhaps the city of Westminster bankers , a criminal organisation that make the Mafia look like weekend offenders, Could locate the trillions of laundering they facilitate to ease our burden.

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago

UK sanctions will be ignored by Putin because he bought off Westminster morality a long long time ago. It was cheap.

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

⬆️ 100% this

Richard
Richard
7 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

We will have to watch out for the Putin Media trolls on sites like this unfortunately…..but their lack of knowledge of our history and life usually shows them up.

Others will be keen to shape opinion by seeing Ukraine 🇺🇦 as ‘ a far off country with which we have little in common’.,..or attacking the two Parliamentarians who recently at their own expense visited

Quornby
Quornby
7 months ago

Meanwhile there will be so many Johnson “exceptions” that Russian international trade will actually increase. London’s weak kneed sanctions make me pleased to owe them no loyalty whatsoever.

Argol Fawr
Argol Fawr
7 months ago

Good grief, I’m far from being a tory or left winger, so to me Mark Drakefor’s words could easily have been spoken by Putin to the Russian people about the west to justify his tyranny and latest abhorrent actions. Yet again, the Welsh FM playing into the tory’s hands. Sort out our domestic issues MD. The NHS is a mess, and we’re being gazumped out of the country.

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