UK sanctions relating to Russia

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime relating to Russia

The Russia sanctions regime

The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 came fully into force on 31 December 2020. They are intended to ensure that certain sanctions relating to Russia continue to operate effectively.

You should also review the following regulations to find out any changes made to the Regulations:

This sanctions regime is aimed at encouraging Russia to cease actions destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine.

Those persons who are designated under this regime are included on the UK sanctions list.

Find out more about other UK sanctions regimes.

New designations of individuals and Russian entities have been announced. Further sanctions may be imposed in response to events.

On 17 March 2022, the UK government held a webinar briefing on UK sanctions relating to Russia. A recording of this webinar is available for a short time.

Webinar: UK sanctions relating to Russia - briefing by UK government – 17 March

For any questions about the impact of these sanctions on UK businesses operating in any sector, or business operations in Ukraine or Russia, contact the Export Support Service who are providing a front line Russia sanctions support service to all businesses.

Further statutory guidance will be published when the relevant legislation is laid.

Export support team
Telephone: 0300 303 8955
Textphone: 18001 303 8955
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (excluding public holidays)

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Contact details

For further information on financial sanctions: contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation or subscribe to the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation’s e-alerts

For further information on export controls: contact the Export Control Joint Unit Helpline on 020 7215 4594 or email or subscribe to the Export Control Joint Unit’s notices to exporters

For further information on import controls: contact the Department for International Trade’s Import Licensing Branch on

For further information on transport sanctions: contact the Department for Transport on

For general information on sanctions: contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Sanctions Unit on


Published 15 April 2019
Last updated 24 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated to link to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 10) Regulations 2022

  2. Updated to link to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 9) Regulations 2022

  3. Updated to link to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 8) Regulations 2022

  4. Updated to link to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2022.

  5. Added video of the webinar on UK sanctions relating to Russia from 17 March.

  6. Updated to link to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2022.

  7. Updated to link to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 and the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2022.

  8. Updated to show that new designations have been made under the Russia sanctions regime.

  9. Added contact information for the Export Support Service.

  10. Updated to link to the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2022.

  11. The UK's sanctions framework has changed.

  12. A link to general guidance on financial sanctions has been added.

  13. The link to the Russia sanctions regime statutory guidance has been added.

  14. First published.