Russia has just announced sanctions against US President Joe Biden and more than a dozen other officials. On the same day, the US also announced the imposition of new sanctions against the President of Belarus.
|US President Joe Biden and Belarusian President Lukashenko. Photo: AP|
According to RT news agency, Moscow today (March 15) announced sanctions against President Joe Biden and a series of other US officials. Including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and many other US government officials, other political figures.
Russia claims that sanctions are a measure of reciprocity, imposed after the US blacklisted top Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin. The new move by Russia is described as a response against the “hostility of Russia by the current US administration”.
Appearing at the top of the list of 13 sanctioned names are US President Joe Biden, followed by Secretary of State Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – General Mark Milley, national security adviser. national security Jake Sullivan, CIA Director William Burns, White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Moscow’s sanctions list also includes the names of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Hunter Biden – son of US President Joe Biden, who has deals with a Ukrainian energy company.
According to the Kremlin’s announcement, more names will be added to this list in the near future. Russia warns that top US officials, military officials, congressmen, businessmen, experts and media personalities who are hostile to Russia or contribute to inciting hatred towards Russia also will be blacklisted.
Also today, the US imposed new sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has allied with Russia in the conflict. attack Ukraine.
CNN news agency quoted the US Treasury Department as saying that a series of other Russian individuals, including a judge, were also imposed sanctions by the US for human rights violations.
New sanctions were imposed by the US against Mr. Lukashenko and his wife, Halina. Accordingly, Lukashenko and his wife will have their assets and interests frozen in the US and Americans will also be banned from engaging in transactions with them.
Last December, the US imposed sanctions on relatives of the President of Belarus after a migration crisis broke out on the border of Belarus and Poland, leading to accusations of human rights violations.
In addition, the US also imposed sanctions on Belarus for supporting Russia in the attack on Ukraine.
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