PARIS, France – The UK will ban all Russian vessels from entering its ports, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday.
‘Today I’ve written to al UK ports asking them not to provide access to any Russian flagged, registered, owned, controlled, chartered or operated vessels’, Shapps said in a tweet.
Shapps shared a letter addressed to all UK ports stating that the ‘Department for Transport does not consider it appropriate for Russian vessels to continue to enter UK ports’, after its’ ‘unprovoked, premeditated’ attack against Ukraine.
‘The maritime sector is fundamental to international trade, and we must play out part in restricting Russia’s economic interests and holding the Russian government to account’, Shapps continued.
Shapps said legislation would follow to implement the change.