LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak referred to as on extra British firms on Sunday to wind down their current investments in Russia and stated new investments needs to be halted after President Vladimir Putin’s choice to invade Ukraine.
“Whereas I recognise it could be difficult to wind down current investments, I imagine there isn’t a argument for brand new funding within the Russian economic system,” Sunak stated in a video message on Twitter.
“I’m urging asset house owners and managers to assume very fastidiously about any funding that will in any sense help Putin and his regime.”
A number of main British corporations have introduced they may promote or scale back their pursuits in Russia – reminiscent of energy giants BPand Shell(SHEL.L) and funding agency Aviva(AV.L)- and Sunak stated others doing so would have the federal government’s backing.
“I wish to make it crystal clear that if corporations or traders resolve that they should finish their monetary relationship with Russia, then the federal government totally helps you,” he stated.
Reporting by Kylie MacLellan
Writing by William Schomberg
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