The draft list of individuals who might be targeted by the restrictions includes members of the GRU leadership, the newspaper reported.
London was seeking to introduce sanctions against these individuals under the new Brussels’ mechanism for punishing perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks, the outlet added.
The Times also added that the United Kingdom was hoping to receive the support of France and Germany for introducing the new sanctions.
In addition, London was also calling on other foreign ministers to approve the freeze of assets and travel restrictions for the individuals in question within weeks, the outlet pointed out. In October, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt held a meeting with Hungary’s minister and other states’ diplomats in London to discuss the sanctions, the newspaper added.
The sanctions list, including five to six names, may be published in December, according to the outlet.
The Salisbury poisoning incident has provoked an international scandal with scores of Russian diplomats expelled from a number of EU states. Moscow responded by expelling UK diplomats from Russia.
Moscow, on its part, has said that it sent dozens of requests to London asking that it be granted access to the investigation into the poisoning incident. Moscow has also offered to work together with London and carry out a joint investigation. London did not respond to these proposals, instead claiming that Russia rejected its calls for cooperation.
Moreover, the UK Porton Down laboratory has said it was unable to confirm that the substance used in the Salisbury attack was produced in Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that the Salisbury poisoning case was falling apart due to the lack of proof of Russia’s involvement in the attack on the Skripals.