(Reuters) – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday evening that Britain’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who has been sanctioned by Moscow over Ukraine, has yet to respond for his support for Kyiv.
Cleverly said on Monday he had been sanctioned by the Russian government and added that if that was the price to pay for supporting Ukraine, he was happy to be sanctioned.
“Dear James, you don’t understand,” Zakharova wrote on her Telegram messaging app. “It’s for the anti-Russian course and personal sanctions. But you still have to answer for the support of the Kyiv regime and neo-Nazism.”
Russia has presented its invasion of Ukraine as a battle against Nazism, but Kyiv and its allies say this is a lie used to justify an unprovoked imperialist land grab.
Britain said on Saturday it would send 14 of its Challenger 2 main battle tanks along with other forward artillery support in the coming weeks in what could be the first shipment of Western-made tanks to the United States. ‘Ukraine.
(Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Michael Perry)