UK foreign secretary Liz Truss has said that prime minister Boris Johnson “misspoke” when he claimed that sanctions had been brought against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in parliament on Tuesday.
After announcing sanctions against five Russian banks and three individuals who are close allies of Vladimir Putin, Johnson was asked in the House of Commons by Labour’s Margaret Hodge if further sanctions would be introduced. Among the list of potential targets listed by Hodge, Abramovich and former Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov were named.
Johnson caused confusion when he stated that Abramovich was subject to sanctions, even though he was not one of the three individuals he originally named.
Johnson then left the Commons in the middle of a question from fellow MP Chris Bryant which aimed to clarify the prime minister’s comments on Abramovich.