British Home Secretary Priti Patel called on the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) on Sunday to bar Russia's access to its systems, arguing that Moscow posed a "direct threat" to security forces. international order.
In a statement, Patel said he wrote a letter "with colleagues" from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand urging Interpol "to make a decision this week, in accordance with its rules, on the suspension immediately from Russia". access to its systems.
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Russia's actions pose a direct threat to the safety of individuals and international law enforcement cooperation
Patel announced last week that Britain would 'lead' the 'international effort' to secure Russia's suspension from Interpol following a request from the Ukrainian government.
“The Ukrainian government today demanded that the Russian government be suspended from membership in Interpol, and we will lead all international efforts in this regard,” she said at the time.
Russia has been a member of Interpol since 1990.
Members of the British government have been cited by the Kremlin for their controversial comments about the escalation of tensions between Moscow and NATO in recent weeks.
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Last month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov cited British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as the reason Moscow had placed its nuclear weapons on high alert.
Truss had made comments urging the West to "arrest" Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. Moscow said the "unacceptable" comments hinted at "possible clashes or even collisions and clashes between NATO and Russia."