Joe Biden told UK cant be trusted as war ally: So compromised by Russian money

Russia: Putin 'will face serious consequences' says Joe Biden

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The Centre of American Progress (CAP), a public policy research and advocacy organization, published a report in which they criticise both the UK and the EU for their connections with Russian oligarchs. The report claimed the US needs to work with the UK to counter kleptocracy – a system in which corrupt politicians take bribes.

The report claimed the US needs to “Devote more resources to investigating Russian money laundering, financial crimes, and political corruption.

“The United States and its allies should adopt strict regulations and laws that require transparency and limit the anonymity that allows dirty money to penetrate Western democracies.”

It went on to condemn the presence of Russian money across the EU, claiming: “Massive Russian money laundering schemes have been uncovered in recent years, with banks in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Baltic states all being exposed as key vehicles for Russian money laundering.

“More legal and investigative resources should be allocated to crack down on and prosecute these financial crimes.”

The report also focused its crosshairs on UK corruption.

It claimed: “The United Kingdom, in particular, has become a major hub for Russian oligarchs and their wealth, with London gaining the moniker ‘Londongrad’.

“The United States should propose creating the anti-kleptocracy group in part to prod stronger action from the UK government.”

“Uprooting Kremlin-linked oligarchs will be a challenge given the close ties between Russian money and the United Kingdom’s ruling conservative party.”

The claim of ties between Russian money and the Tory party refers to accusations by the Labour party in November of last year that the Conservative party have failed to be transparent about donations from donors with links to Russia.

However, the UK has already announced intentions to reduce the presence of Russia in the UK.

Despite the report’s accusations of a Britain in Russia’s pocket, Russo-UK relations have been on a steady decline since the 2014 annexation of Crimea, and the suspected Russian involvement in the 2018 poisoning of the former Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury.

In 2018 Ben Wallace, the conservative economic-crime minister at the time, said of Russian oligarchs planning to stash dirty money that they “should be in no doubt that we will come for them.”

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They introduced ‘Unexplained Wealth Orders’, aimed at cracking down on illegally acquired money and property.

These require “a person who is reasonably suspected of involvement in, or of being connected to a person involved in, serious crime to explain the nature and extent of their interest in particular property, and to explain how the property was obtained.”

Despite the CAP’s claim that the UK government needs to be galvanised to further action, Boris Johnson has strongly warned Putin about the serious consequences of an invasion of Ukraine, stating that it would be a “painful, violent and bloody business.”

The UK is currently leading NATO troops in Estonia and last week supplied anti-armour missiles and a small training team of British troops to Ukraine, where the army has trained 21,000 Ukrainian troops since 2015.

Joe Biden, meanwhile, has placed 8,500 US troops on “high alert” to prepare for exploding tensions with Russia.

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