End of PMQs
Prime Minister’s Questions has ended. This week’s face-off was heavily dominated by the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
More calls for visa waiving
SNP Angela Crawley asks why the UK will not match the EU’s offer of visa-free entry for Ukrainians.
PM repeats the EU has the visa-free Schengen zone. The UK is different, and so giving up checks would not be appropriate, he says.
Russian convoy heading to Kyiv
Tory Alec Shelbrooke asks the PM what can he do to protect the city Kyiv from the Russian convoy headline towards the city.
PM says he spoke to the Ukrainian President this morning and says the people might think it’s easy to attack this convoy but “unfortunately it turns out, military, it is not as easy as you might think”, he says.
UK not guaranteeing territorial integrity
Labour’s Chris Bryant says the UK signed an agreement guaranteeing the territorial integrity of Ukraine – but are not doing this. He names Russians who he believes should be sanctioned. He asks why the government is not using parliamentary privilege to identify these people (giving ministers protection from libel action).
PM says he does not want a direct military confrontation with Russia – he says it plays into Putin’s narrative about Nato being an aggressor. PM says UK is already imposing sanctions and is willing to go further.