This afternoon, the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP, has denied access to all Russian flagged, registered, owned, controlled, chartered or operated vessels awaiting access to UK Ports, including those awaiting entry to Pembrokeshire’s Ports.
The move has been welcomed by local Senedd Member Samuel Kurtz MS, who has thanked the UK Government for taking the necessary action to sanction Russian owned assets.
Speaking following the announcement, Samuel Kurtz MS said:
“Given the horrific images of invasion and war led by Putin’s forces in Ukraine, Grant Shapps has my full support in refusing Russian entry to UK Ports.
“The maritime sector is a fundamental part of international trade; this ban will hit hard on Russia’s economic interests and prohibit their ability to profit from our economic output.
“It is not appropriate, nor welcome, to continue granting Russian vessels access to our country. I welcome this move and I stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”