5 Apr 2022

National Party wants clarity on Russia sanctions

From Morning Report, 6:45 am on 5 April 2022

The Government has approved sanctions on a further thirty-six Russian oligarchs or people with close ties to the Russian regime or the Russian President himself.

None of them are in New Zealand, but one notable addition is billionaire Roman Abramovich - the former Chelsea FC owner who suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning at talks in Kyiv last month.

This is the second round of sanctions. Last month's sanctions covered nineteen entities, Vladimir Putin and members of his national security council, as well as 364 individuals to the travel ban list.

National Party spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee says the process for who's sanctioned, and who hasn't made the list, could be clearer.

He spoke to Susie Ferguson.