On 12 April, a Commentary from RUSI says that legislation banning Russian-linked merchant ships from UK ports raises an urgent need for fast and effective solutions for screening ships, as well as clear guidance for port authorities on detecting Russian-linked ships or cargoes. It notes that guidance does not specify what is meant by ‘persons connected with Russia’. Sanctions do not apply to other ships originating from or destined for Russian ports, ships carrying Russian cargo to or from Russia, or ships with a Russian captain or crew. It also notes that responsibility for identifying links continues to rest with ports themselves. It also considers how Russia may react to the restrictions.
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