And likewise sanctions on 339 members of the Russian Duma, who’re the political facilitators of this motion. We’ll right now take steps to sanction key figures within the Belarusian authorities who’re allied with Russia and who’re abetting the invasion.
The subsequent fast precedence is to proceed sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s interior circle and on Russia’s defence business.
We’ve seen in a single day bulletins by the UK, the EU and this morning by Canada that they may sanction Vladimir Putin himself and Russia’s overseas minister, Sergey Lavrov, given the gravity of what they’re doing and their key roles.
I’m in search of recommendation from the Division of Overseas Affairs and commerce to allow Australia to take comparable steps.
It’s an distinctive step to sanction leaders however that is an distinctive state of affairs. We have to be completely clear – Vladimir Putin has unparalleled private energy over his nation and he has chosen to go to warfare in opposition to a neighbour that posed no risk to Russia as a result of he desires to reverse historical past and take away the liberty and the democracy that the Ukrainian folks selected for themselves.