The UK government is considering imposing restrictions on Russian ships using British ports.
Following reports that a Russian-owned oil tanker would arrive in Orkney this week.
The NS Champion is scheduled to berth at the Flotta oil terminal in Orkney to collect crude oil.
It is a huge shipping firm controlled by Sovcomflot, a Russian state-owned enterprise.
To the dismay of politicians and islanders, including Ukrainian residents.
Who as a result, turned out for an anti-war rally in Kirkwall.
Located in the archipelago’s largest town.
While the Orkney Islands council stated the UK government had advised that the warship could not be denied permission to port at this time.
“We are in a really tough position as a council,” a spokeswoman stated.
"We recognize the intensity of feelings around this — feelings that are deeply felt."
However, until the UK government notifies us differently, we are compelled by our legal commitments to accept the vessel.”
Despite the growing trade embargoes against Russian firms and state bodies.
Several Russian warships were planned to arrive in British ports, as per a statement by an official of the UK government.
Last week, the French seized a Russian cargo ship carrying cars suspected of being linked to Russians subject to US Treasury Department penalties.
“We are aware of concerns about Russian-connected ships docking in the UK, and we are working quickly to investigate a number of options to limit the access,”
“We are already talking to the Scottish government about this issue and the consequences that are being discussed.”
The UK authorities have a huge decision to make.
Whether we are going to allow Russian-owned or chartered vessels to dock in UK ports,” .
The Scottish government’s external affairs secretary Angus Robertson, told BBC Scotland on its Sunday Show.
“This is a really fast-paced issue, and we’ll have to move quickly, in my opinion.”
Nataliia Kuzmina, a Ukrainian residing in Orkney, told the BBC that she was angry that the ship would arrive during the demonstration on Saturday.
Her parents remained in Ukraine, she added, and her father had offered to fight to defend his village despite the fact that he lacked firearms.
“Now, every little thing counts.
Additionally, hundreds of individuals across Europe will take tiny steps like these, such as refraining from purchasing Russian goods.
“I’m trying to stop oil ships from being loaded,”
"It matters, and I believe it is my responsibility to turn this tanker away from Scapa Flow."
On Saturday morning, Jamie Halcro Johnston, a Scottish Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, discussed the problem with Alister Jack, the Scottish secretary.
Where he stated it had been raised with the prime minister’s office.
“We have already closed our airspace to Russian aircraft.
However, we should close our waters to Russian state-owned vessels as well,” Halcro Johnston stated.
it’s critical that we make sure there are no loopholes left for Russian state interests to exploit.”
“Given the actions previously taken against Putin’s government and its interests”.