Russia Summons UK Diplomat in Moscow Amid Sanctions Dispute

On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Todd Dodd, the interim British chargé d’affaires, to its headquarters in Moscow. The reason for the summoning was not immediately clear, but it comes in the wake of the UK imposing sanctions on several Russian individuals allegedly involved with the Wagner Group or implicated in the forced deportation of Ukrainian children.

During his hour-long visit to the Foreign Ministry, Dodd expressed a desire for peace in Ukraine and emphasized the need for Russian troops to withdraw from Ukrainian territory.

The UK has been actively implementing sanctions against people and groups connected to Russia’s Wagner Group in Central African Republic and Mali. Additionally, the UK recently imposed sanctions on 14 Russian individuals linked to the forced deportation of Ukrainian children. Last month, the UK introduced legislation that allows sanctions on Russia to remain in place until Moscow compensates Kyiv.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has condemned the sanctions tied to the deportation of Ukrainian children, characterizing them as “unabashed hypocrisy” and a continuation of the British foreign policy’s hostile approach, according to TASS.