May 28, 2022

A minister has said that British citizens and their relatives will be given priority because people are fighting to leave Ukraine after the Russian invasion.

His remarks came after reports that the White House believed the attack would take place soon.

Asked if Britain plans to help Ukrainian refugees, Home Office Minister Damien Hinds explained: “First of all, we hope that there will be no war, no war, with Vladimir Putin. Yes, it is clear that diplomacy is available.

“I am very much focusing on British citizens who are in Ukraine and their close family, husbands, wives, their children, if they want to do so they can leave.”

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He added: “There are relatively few British citizens in Ukraine. Some of them would like to stay. They have strong family and other ties.

“There are relatively few people who are still applying for family visas for family members.

“But appointments are available at the Visa Application Center, we have a help center running and of course, we are prioritizing these applications and changing them rapidly.”

The security minister also told Sky News: “There is still a way out. It is still with Russia, there is still a diplomatic way and we strongly encourage Russia to take that path. ۔

“However, the number of troops on the border is still there. So far there is no real evidence of it coming down, there is no sign of it dispersing.

“The danger is there, it could be imminent, it could take a little longer. We’re dealing with Mr Putin here with a government that can choose its own moment.”

“We want to work with Russia, one of the great nations of the world, on all the major challenges we face globally. We do not want Russia to be outside this family of nations.

It is “morally wrong” to allow Russian “dirty money” to flow into Britain.

Hinds said the new legal guidelines for dealing with “dirty” cash flow, when pointing out why there were no previous restrictions.

On the broader point; the so-called dirty money, money laundering and the use of the city. [of London]It is true that London is an international hub, the city is an international hub, but we are cracking down on money laundering, “he said in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning.

“We don’t want that money here,” he said. “It’s bad for the city’s reputation, for our financial institutions, and it’s morally wrong.”

He also said that “golden visas” for wealthy Russian citizens would be “reformed” and that future visas would not be just about having too much money.

“We want people to come and invest in this country, but we want them to come and they really have to come up with a plan to create jobs, to have a positive impact on the economy.”

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