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Cuba receives medical supply donation from China as pandemic worsens
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Cuba on August 28 received medical supplies donated by the Chinese government to help it combat the spread of COVID-19, as the island endures a sharp rise in cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

The medical supplies include rapid COVID-19 antigen testing kits, surgical gloves and protective suits, adding to the ventilators and oxygen concentrators donated by China recently.

What is really going on between Beijing and Washington in the South China Sea?
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What is really going on between Beijing and Washington in the South China Sea?

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What is really going on between Beijing and Washington in the South China Sea?
In today’s polarised world, the situation in this hugely significant region of the Pacific is frequently portrayed as either Chinese expansionism or American imperialism. As ever, the truth of the matter is much more complicated.

While attempting to brush off the ongoing catastrophe in Afghanistan, US Vice President Kamala Harris is pursuing her long-awaited tour of Southeast Asia, with stops in Singapore and Vietnam. Here, she has accused Beijing of “intimidation” and “coercion” in the South China Sea, a key strategic waterway which Beijing has long claimed as its own via the ‘nine-dash line’. The US has for some time made resisting China’s claims in this region a staple of its foreign policy, incorporated under the ‘Indo-Pacific Strategy’, wherein it sought to increase its naval presence in the contested waters through ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises and encourage allied countries to do the same.

Roughly a year ago, Mike Pompeo officially denounced the nine-dash line as illegitimate, with Australia following suit. The anti-Beijing narrative seeks to simplistically portray the South China Sea situation as an example of ‘expansionism’ and ‘aggression’ by China. This may seem logical to some, given it puts the surrounding countries in an uncomfortable situation, but is this really the case? Is there not more to this story? Every coin has two sides, and the South China Sea debacle is in fact a reaction to Washington’s growing anti-China policies, a cycle of escalation which commenced in the Obama era, as opposed to the simplistic interpretation of ‘aggressive’ or ‘ambitious’ behaviour towards Beijing. It is less specifically about third-party countries, as much as they may be aggravated by it, and more about responding to America’s attempts to encircle and militarize China’s periphery. This created a loop, kicking off with the ‘US pivot to Asia’ and subsequently intensifying.

ALSO ON RT.COMThe West got it very wrong about Covid bringing an end to ‘Made in China’ goodsOf course, there is a reasoned historical background to this. If one only consumes mainstream media coverage, you might be inclined to believe that China one day ‘decided’ that it ought to own the South China Sea. It is conventional enough to conceive it that way, but in fact the ‘nine-dash line’ map is a territorial and maritime claim which pre-dates the existence of the People’s Republic of China itself, and was a claim advocated by the predecessor Republic of China State (the government of which is now in Taiwan, and still officially claims this boundary) in 1947 as part of a UN haggling. With the surrender of Japan, who had of course seized territory from many Asian nations and left a litany of disputes behind, the Republic of China argued that it rightfully owned the Paracel, Pratas, and Spratly Islands. Yet it doesn’t stop with this; the insistence upon the nine-dash line as a maritime boundary has even deeper origins, as a product of clashes between the Qing Dynasty and the French Empire who ruled ‘Indo-China’.

This is a historical issue which has subsequently taken on a contemporary strategic significance, something exacerbated by growing strategic distrust with the US, and also the fact China simply has the capabilities and also the urgency to consolidate its claims and ‘control’ the region in a way that was not relevant in the past few decades. Mao Zedong never had the navy nor the technology for it to be taken seriously, and nor was the US at that point in time attempting to pursue a regionalized containment of China. Beijing’s own strategic logic has long interpreted American behaviour through the lens of ‘encirclement’ – that is, an effort to establish military supremacy all the way around China’s exterior in a bid to politically dominate and constrain it.

Its primary strategic objective is not ‘hegemony’, as is so misleadingly claimed. It is preventing this from occurring – but of course this, by default, expands China’s military power, provoking tensions. Beijing sees a number of American-aligned chess pieces in this game. This includes Japan, increasingly South Korea, the island of Taiwan, the US territory of Guam, the US territory of the Northern Mariana Islands, to some extent the Philippines to the east, India to the west, and then of course the UK sailing its aircraft carriers through the region too. Put them all together and you have an entire coalition of US partners and allies surrounding you, with America itself increasing its naval and military assets in the region. What do you do in order to prevent this?

ALSO ON RT.COMBeijing lifts its summer fishing ban in disputed South China Sea, reportedly prompting influx of vesselsThe South China Sea, as it happens, has significant stakes. It’s a passage between Asia and the rest of the world, to the east or west. It’s China’s primary maritime route in and out of Asia to the rest of the world, comprised of 64% of its shipping trade, one third of global shipping as a whole, and an accumulated value of $3.37 trillion. In a conflict scenario, China fears that the United States and its allies would attempt to navally embargo China via this encirclement strategy – simply cutting it off to the world, bringing its economy to its knees, nixing its energy imports, as well as providing easy access for these countries to bomb China’s territory. Whilst this is one reason China is extensively pursuing transcontinental land routes via the Belt and Road initiative, it’s also the reason China is responding to American activities by increasing its military presence in the South China Sea through building up its navy, building military and air bases on contested islands, as well as radars, anti-aircraft weapons, and ballistic missile capabilities. This is all part of a conflict strategy premised on ‘area-denial’ that is making it impossible for US forces to enter, ensuring it can secure the mainland and prevent others from aiding Taiwan.

The US and its allies like to frame their response to China through the constant buzz-phrase “freedom of navigation” – saying “we will sail where we like” and that it is “upholding international norms,” but this is sugar-coating what is actually happening: military-led containment of China is masquerading as an upkeep of international law. Of course, in normal times, China is not truly trying to block the passage of anyone, and it all stands as a code-word for sustaining US naval supremacy, a logic of hegemony which is derived from the “Britannia rules the waves” mantra of old. If you have the most powerful navy and want to sustain global dominance, of course you’re going to insist on a rule which demands you can sail absolutely anywhere without restriction because it favours your preferences.

ALSO ON RT.COMChina claps back at US Vice President Harris, criticizes Washington’s ‘selfish’ Afghanistan policyIn reality, the US is not a party to the UN convention on the law of the sea, yet subsequently preaches it to China. But Beijing’s challenge in the midst of these diplomatic offensives by Washington, and what invites the US presence into the region, is that the South China Sea controversy inevitably infringes upon the maritime claims of third parties, and these third parties subsequently become the means which the US strives to justify its regionally focused China containment policy. If Beijing is to beat out the US, it has to learn to compromise with these countries accordingly and assure them its intentions are not threatening. However, for the US to be pushed out of the region means you are de-facto accepting Chinese dominance.

In this case, despite US pressure, is it any wonder the states of Southeast Asia really do not want to ‘choose’ in this dispute? The South China Sea at its most basic insight is a US versus China military struggle for supremacy in the region, with Beijing ramping up its militarization to counter American encirclement, which itself creates a cycle of escalating tensions. However, since China is ‘the home team’, so to speak, with a permanent geographic advantage, one wonders how long the US and its allies can keep up this game.

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A senior U.S. official said on Thursday that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed after President Joe Biden said in an interview that the U.S. “would respond” if the island were invaded.
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In an interview aired by ABC News on Thursday, Biden said Taiwan, South Korea and NATO were fundamentally different situations to Afghanistan.

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“We have made, kept every commitment. We made a sacred commitment to Article 5 that if in fact anyone were to invade or take action against our NATO allies, we would respond. Same with Japan, same with South Korea, same with Taiwan. It’s not even comparable to talk about that,” he said.

However, Reuters quoted a senior administration official as saying that U.S. policy with regard to Taiwan “has not changed.”

Bonnie Glaser, a Taiwan expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, called Biden’s apparent mischaracterization “unfortunate.”

“The U.S. had an Article 5 commitment to Taiwan from 1954 to 1979. The Biden administration isn’t considering returning to that commitment, as indicated by public statements by Kurt Campbell,” Glaser said.

Article 5 is a NATO agreement that states that an attack on one member of the alliance is viewed as an attack on all.

With a policy of strategic ambiguity toward Taiwan, Washington has not clearly pledged whether or not to help defend the island in case of an attack.

Kurt Campbell, the National Security Council’s Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs for the Biden administration, rejected calls for the U.S. to make a clear statement of its willingness to defend Taiwan in the event of an attack, saying there were “significant downsides” to such an approach, a Reuters report in May said.

China has on many occasions warned the U.S. to stop meddling in China’s Taiwan affairs.

It was on the basis of the one-China policy that China and the U.S. established diplomatic ties 42 years ago, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.

“But what we see is the fact that the U.S. side has kept breaching its own commitment. It has engaged in official exchanges with the Taiwan region, sold arms to Taiwan and helped it to expand the so-called international space.”

Hua said China reserves the option of taking all necessary measures in response to the interference of external forces and the very small number of “Taiwan independence” separatists and their activities.

The Chinese military on Tuesday conducted live-fire drills in the airspace and sea areas southwest and southeast of Taiwan, a strong move to “safeguard national security” amid rising provocations from external forces, said Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Collusion between Taiwan and the U.S. has severely destroyed peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, he noted, adding that the PLA will keep up its training to ensure China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

‘US Declaring War on China’: Experts Shocked as Senator Reveals 30,000 American Troops Are in Taiwan
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A senior US senator, also a member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on his social media revealed that the US has 30,000 soldiers stationed in China’s Taiwan island.

Chinese experts said if this is true, it is a military invasion and occupation of China’s Taiwan and equivalent to the US declaring war on China.

If the tweet is correct, China could immediately activate Anti-Secession Law to destroy and expel US troops in Taiwan and reunify Taiwan militarily, experts noted.

In the tweet, Senator John Cornyn listed the number of US troops stationed in South Korea, Germany, Japan, China’s Taiwan and on the African continent to show how the number of US soldiers has dwindled in Afghanistan. But in the process, Cornyn revealed the shocking news that there are 30,000 US troops on China’s Taiwan island.

​His tweet raised a wave of doubts among netizens with many commenting below his tweet: “how come the US still has troops in Taiwan,” “so the US army has a secret division in Taiwan,” “Cornyn must have mistaken the number,” and “this should have been before 1979”.

As a senior senator from Texas, who was once a Republican Senate Majority Whip for the 114th and 115th Congresses, and now a member of US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Cornyn should be aware of the US government’s military intelligence.

Thus, the possibility that the US is hiding 30,000 troops in China’s Taiwan island cannot be ruled out, and there is a probability the secret was accidentally spilt out by this senior US politician, Chinese observers said. As we know, the US has maintained military communications with China’s Taiwan including weapon sales and military training.

Despite the controversy and continuous comments under his tweet, Cornyn did not make any corrections and hasn’t deleted his tweet as of press time.

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The Taiwan island “defence department” made a low-key denial on Tuesday, saying it is wrong and it would not comment on it, Taiwan-based media outlet SETN.com reported.

China and the US established diplomatic relations in 1979 on the condition of the US ceasing official relations with the island and withdrawing all US Army from the island. Secretly hiding 30,000 troops in Taiwan island would seriously violate the Sino-US diplomatic agreement, seriously violate international law, and even the domestic law of the US, a Chinese expert specializing on the Taiwan question told the Global Times on condition of anonymity.

“I would choose not to believe this is the real case”, Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday. If the US really secretly stations 30,000 soldiers in China’s Taiwan island, the US as an external force is interfering with China’s internal affairs which violates China’s Anti-Secession Law. This would touch off a military conflict between the two countries, Song said.

China firmly opposes any US military personnel’s involvement in Taiwan affairs, or US soldiers setting foot on the island or launching any kind of military cooperation with the army of Taiwan island, Song said.

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Taiwanese troops conduct military drills in January 2021

Some observers said if this is true, it’s tantamount to a military invasion and occupation of China’s Taiwan, and an act of declaring war on China. They have urged the US government and the Taiwan authorities to clarify Cornyn’s tweet.

If the US really has troops stationed in Taiwan – even if the number is small – it would be a serious matter that has broken the bottom line. Those US troops must withdraw immediately and unconditionally, and the US government and Taiwan authorities must publicly apologize for this, observers noted.

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‘Apocalypse Now’: What are Risks of CIA’s Possible All Out Clandestine War Against Russia & China?
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Decorated CIA veteran Douglas London has recently called for enhancing clandestine warfare against Russia and China, insisting that the US has enough tools to trump Moscow and Beijing. However, economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts and CIA veteran Philip Giraldi have pointed out some apparent flaws in London’s doctrine.

On 5 August, an op-ed titled “Defence alone will not protect us from Russia and China” by Douglas London, a retired senior CIA operations officer and adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University’s Centre for Security Studies, was published in The Hill.

He argued that “bolstering defences alone and adding military firepower” will not deter Russia and China “who pay little price for malign behaviour.” The US intelligence community is “good at sabotage,” possesses “robust covert and overt cyber capabilities,” and knows how “to steal secrets [and] change the course of history with covert deeds,” according to him. All that’s needed to rein in Moscow and Beijing are Washington’s political will, “a more agile and balanced strategy of offence and defence,” and “a dash of clandestine mischief,” London argues.

“The US has most of the tools and resources required to prevail against Russia, China and other authoritarian rivals,” he wrote. “Still, to dominate, America needs greater comfort to operate in the shadows where it can exact costs that would make any enemy think twice before acting.”

Timing of London’s Op-Ed

The timing of the article coincides with two major developments, according to Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer: first, “the already disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan with disengagement in other theatres of operations”; second, the September legislative elections in Russia.

The US military-industrial complex is increasingly concerned about the pullout from Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the CIA counter-terrorism veteran. He notes Israel also fears that the US military disengagement would embolden Tehran and “already warned, repeatedly, that it is prepared to strike Iran alone, if necessary, though its Lobby is working hard to make sure that Washington becomes involved in whatever results.”

In this Jan. 1, 2020 file photo, Iraqi army soldiers are deployed in front of the U.S. embassy, in Baghdad, Iraq.  U.S. and Iraqi officials on Thursday, Dec. 3, say the U.S. is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad, temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns.
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At the same time, London “appears to be a spokesman for a certain type of thinking, it is to be assumed that many in the national security community will urge the White House to take steps to interfere covertly in upcoming Russian elections while also stirring up unrest in China,” according to Giraldi.

“London’s objective is clearly to bring about regime change in both Moscow and Beijing, and he believes that it can be accomplished using the intelligence tools he has recommended, which he opines can ‘change the course of history,'” he suggests.

Election interference and regime change ops have been the US’ modus operandi for quite a while, notes Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, a former Wall Street Journal editor, ex-Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, and former member of the Cold War Committee on the Present Danger. It would be frivolous on the part of Moscow and Beijing to host US and EU-backed NGOs, according to the economist.

“It was Washington that overthrew the Ukrainian government and established in its place an anti-Russian government. It was Washington that nearly overthrew the Belarus government. NGOs flush with dollars are agents of overthrow,” Dr. Roberts says, adding that the US establishment was even prepared to break its own rules to unseat the undesired government of President Donald Trump.

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Police officers and opposition supporters are seen on Maidan Nezalezhnosti square in Kiev, where clashes began between protesters and the police. (File)

On 1 August, Director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergey Naryshkin warned in an interview with a Russian journalist that the September legislative elections could become a focal point for interference, stressing that Russia’s security services already know “which areas will be struck.”

Earlier, in May, a draft proposal prepared by European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs called upon the EU to be prepared “not to recognise the parliament of Russia” after the September vote. On 4 August, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly announced that they would not send election observers to Russia for the first time in nearly three decades. The OSCE move was endorsed by the US Department of State.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping

What are Ramifications of Clandestine War Against Russia, China?

To convince his readers of the necessity to launch what appears to be an all-out shadow war against Russia and China, London outlined a long list of Moscow and Beijing’s “faults,” including election interferencedisrupting US confidence in its own vaccines, and ransomware attacks, neither of which have ever been backed by credible evidence. He went even further by blaming Russia for fuelling both racial enmities during the Black Lives Matter’s summer 2020 unrest and the 6 January riots in the US, which, according to Dr. Roberts, indicates that the ex-CIA official “has clearly lost his hold on reality.”

London also mentioned the so-called “Gerasimov doctrine” – a 26 February 2013 article written by Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov and detailing a hybrid strategy which “blurs war and peace.” Still, the ex-senior CIA official seems to be turning a blind eye to the fact that the general was actually describing Western hybrid warfare techniques and methods to withstand them.

Established in June 2009, US Cyber Command organizes cyberattacks against adversaries and network defense operations
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Established in June 2009, US Cyber Command organizes cyberattacks against adversaries and network defense operations

Apparently, London believes that clandestine warfare against Moscow and Beijing would be a safer option than an overt standoff: “Operating asymmetrically with plausible deniability facilitates the means to pivot and de-escalate, providing adversaries a face-saving off-ramp from further retaliation,” he wrote. However, he seriously miscalculates Moscow and Beijing, according to Dr. Roberts and Giraldi.

“Mr. London’s recommendations are irresponsible, because they amount to a call for Washington to start a war with Russia and China,” Dr. Roberts says, adding that sabotage or cyber-attacks are effectively “acts of war.”  According to the economist, “neither Russia nor China are likely to pretend that the source of attacks are unknown, especially after a former senior CIA official calls for them.”

London’s strategy aimed at deterring Russian and Chinese decision-makers “would amount to an all-out semi-covert war against powerful adversaries which could easily escalate into a shooting war,” echoes Giraldi.

The CIA counter-terrorism veteran refers to London’s earlier remarks on the assassination of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in January 2020 that when carrying out a major covert action against an opponent “the US must first decide what’s most important, the price it’s willing to pay and anticipate the consequences.” However, “by his own standards he has gone off the rails in his recent peace recommending sustained clandestine actions against adversaries Russia and China,” Giraldi highlights.

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“What London ignores is the possible consequences of his proposed policy, which include nuclear war with Russia that has the capability to destroy the United States,” says the CIA veteran. “Nor is he very good at providing a reason for engaging in the truculence that he embraces. He makes no case that either China or Russia actually threatens the American people apart from stating that they are attempting to encourage internal divisiveness to undermine American ‘democracy and freedoms.’ One does not need to have the Russians or Chinese involved to accomplish that.”

According to Giraldi, “Apocalypse Now makes for an exciting story but to threaten whole countries with annihilation based at best on a desire to change their forms of government makes no sense.” He does not believe that this agenda would be endorsed by the Americans.

FORT DRUM, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: U.S. Army soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division arrive from a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan on December 08, 2020 in Fort Drum, New York.
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FORT DRUM, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 08: U.S. Army soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division arrive from a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan on December 08, 2020 in Fort Drum, New York.

Why ‘Russia and China Have Nothing to Fear’ for Now

Moscow and Beijing remain “the necessary enemies for Washington and NATO,” to “justify the annual thousand billion dollar US military/security complex budget, and NATO is Washington’s method of controlling European foreign policy,” Dr. Roberts emphasises.

Still, the former Reagan official argues that “militarily, Washington is not a match for Russia or China, much less for both together.”

“The power of any country’s military depends on the power of the economy, the unity of the people, and the morale of the soldiers,” the economist says. “The US has spent a quarter century giving its manufacturing and industry to Asia. The Democratic Party’s identity politics has divided the population, setting black against white, feminist against men, sexual perversion against normal sexuality. The US government has declared Trump supporters to be ‘domestic terrorists’ and ‘insurrectionists,’ and they – half the population or more – are regarded as the ‘greatest threat’ that the US faces.”

The situation in European NATO member-states is no better, according to Dr. Roberts: “Throughout Europe and the English speaking world there are no nations, only Towers of Babel… which are divided against themselves… [and] cannot resist a unified opponent.”

Given this, Russia and China have nothing to fear for now, the economist believes, warning Moscow and Beijing against deluding themselves into believing that the US and NATO will play by rules with them.

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Beijing Recalls Ambassador to Lithuania Over Taiwan Issue, Urges Vilnius to Withdraw Its China Envoy
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Earlier, Lithuanian Economy Minister Ausrine Armonaite said that Vilnius plans to open a trade representative office in Taiwan in the fall.

China’s foreign ministry said that it was recalling its ambassador to Lithuania over Vilnius allowing Taiwan to set up a representative office in the country.

Beijing also requested that Lithuania withdraw its ambassador to China.

“We urge the Lithuanian side to immediately rectify its wrong decision, take concrete measures to undo the damage, and not to move further down the wrong path,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In July, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that the island nation will open a representative office in Vilnius as part of the strategy to expand and deepen relations with countries “in the EU and throughout Europe”. Earlier in July, Lithuanian Economy Minister Ausrine Armonaite said that Vilnius plans to open a trade representative office in Taiwan in the fall.

In turn, the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned Vilnius against the move.

Taiwan has been governed independently from mainland China since 1949. Beijing views the island as its province, while Taiwan maintains that it is an autonomous state and has political and economic relations with several other nations.

Russia sanctions Britons in retaliation against sanctions
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Russia said on Monday that it has barred a “proportionate” number of British citizens from entry in retaliation for British sanctions against Russians for alleged human rights violations and corruption.

The sanctioned are closely involved in anti-Russian activities, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, without disclosing their names and how many people are exactly targeted.

Moscow sees London’s “groundless attacks” as an attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of another state and put pressure on the Russian judicial system, the ministry said.

“We once again call on the British leadership to abandon an unfounded confrontational policy with regard to our country. Any unfriendly steps will meet an adequate proportionate response,” it read.

In December 2020, the UK imposed travel bans and asset freezes against three Russians and the Terek Special Rapid Response Unit “responsible for torture and other human rights violations against LGBT people in Chechnya.”

In April 2021, under the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021, Britain announced travel bans and asset freezes against 14 Russians, who were accused of participating in the “theft of 230 million U.S. dollars of Russian state assets via a highly complex tax fraud.”

Russia has denied these charges.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency