On Friday, Australia imposed more sanctions on Russia targeting many of its elite citizens and lawmakers and termed China’s actions of easing trade restrictions on Moscow as being “unacceptable”.
“We will work along with our partners for a rolling wave of sanctions and continuing to ratchet up that pressure on Russia,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
He went on to add, fresh sanctions will be placed against “oligarchs whose economic weight is of strategic significance to Moscow”; sanctions will also be imposed on more than 300 members of the Russian parliament who authorised the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Australia is also working closely with the United States to align sanctions on key Belarussian individuals and entities who helped Russia.
Voicing strong concerns over the “lack of strong response” from China, he criticised Beijing on reports that it had eased trade curbs on Moscow allowing it to import wheat.
“You don’t go and throw a lifeline to Russia in the middle of a period when they are invading another country. That is simply unacceptable,” he said.
In early February, during a visit to Beijing by President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s state agricultural watchdog had said China had agreed to allow import of wheat and barley from all regions of Russia.
China officially confirmed the agreement yesterday on Thursday.