Council review of contracts shows no Russian government links

Photo of Councillor Zoe Nicholson

The Leader of Lewes District Council has confirmed the authority has no financial ties to the Russian government following a review of contracts and investments.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson instigated the review after international sanctions were imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine and attacking cities and residential areas.

She said: "We stand united with the people of Ukraine who are suffering horrific violence and we are ready to do every little bit we can to bring pressure on Vladimir Putin's regime.

"Had the review identified any Russian government connections with our contractors we would have taken action to sever all ties with them, but I am pleased to say this has not been necessary.

"It is vital that we, as a council and as a nation, continue to make all efforts to tighten the economic restrictions on the Russian government and stop the funding behind Putin's war machine."

Last week, Councillor Nicholson spoke out to condemn the UK government’s response to the rapidly growing refugee crisis saying it was 'shameful and mealy-mouthed'.

East Sussex residents keen to help Ukraine in this time of crisis should visit new.eastsussex.gov.uk/your-council/ukraine-crisis for guidance and appeals.