“Putin is a war criminal and I will not hesitate to condemn him and his regime,” said the Scottish independence leader.
“Scotland is determined to take the strongest possible measures to isolate and criminalize its regime and do everything possible to support the people of Ukraine,” he added.
The Scottish prime minister stressed that it is important that those “on the side of freedom and democracy work together” to ensure that “Putin’s government and its network of oligarchs are as isolated as possible”.
“Russia’s international condemnation, not only in words but also in deeds, must be as strong as possible,” said the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP).
In the opinion of the chief executive, world leaders must “choose a side in this aggression” by Russia against Ukraine. And Scotland’s position is clear: “We all support Ukraine.”
Russia today banned Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and 12 other senior British officials from entering the country for “unprecedented hostile actions” taken against Moscow by the UK Government.
“This step was taken in response to the political information campaign unleashed and unleashed by London, which aims at the international isolation of Russia, the creation of conditions to control our country and strangle the national economy,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry. , announcing the measure.
The ban affects Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Foreign Ministers Elizabeth Truss; of Defense, Ben Wallace; Transport, Grant Shapps; from the Interior, Priti Patel; for Economics, Rishi Sunak; of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng; and Culture, Nadine Dorries. It also includes the Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, James Heappey.
The list of those sanctioned is completed by the Attorney General of England and Wales, Suella Braverman, and former Prime Minister and Conservative MP Theresa May.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that has killed nearly 2,000 civilians, according to United Nations figures, which warn that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The war caused more than 11 million people to flee, more than five million of them to neighboring countries.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.