The Russian foreign ministry said on Friday it had summoned the British ambassador in Russia, Deborah Brunert, and to have strongly protested against the new British sanctions against the media Russians.
The ministry said in a statement that Russia will continue to respond “hard and resolute” to all sanctions imposed by London.
This comes after Britain imposed sanctions on journalists and organizations media in early May in the latest package of measures aimed at increasing pressure on Moscow to stop its military operation in Ukraine.
In a related context, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged more military support to Ukraine on Thursday.
“We will provide more military and humanitarian support to Ukraine,” Johnson said on his official Twitter account. “This conflict is about the right to face the wrong.”
For its part, the British military said today that it believes Russia wants to seize the port city of Mariupol and the huge Azovstal plant ahead of the Victory Day celebration on Monday.
The British Ministry of Defense released the comment in a daily intelligence briefing on Twitter.
The British military said that “Russia’s renewed efforts to protect Azovstal and complete the capture of Mariupol are likely connected with the Victory Day anniversary on May 9 and Putin’s wish (Russian President Vladimir) for symbolic success. in Ukraine”.
“This effort has come at a cost in personnel, equipment and ammunition for Russia. As Ukrainian resistance continues in Azovstal, Russian losses will continue to accumulate and frustrate their operational plans in southern Donbass, “he added.
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