US Vice President Joe Biden and 12 other top US officials have been sanctioned, according to a statement from Russia’s foreign ministry.
Government officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and other administration representatives are on the list.
However, it also contains two unexpected guests: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
The restrictions prevent them from entering Russia and place a hold on any assets they may have in the country.
The ministry, on the other hand, has said that the penalties would not prevent the impacted persons from making required high-level interactions.
The following are some of the other names on the list:
Vice President Joe Biden with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark MilleyJake Sullivan is the National Security Adviser.Daleep Singh is the Deputy National Security Advisor.Samantha Power, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID),Treasury Department’s Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.Reta Jo Lewis is the President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.According to the ministry, penalties are being implemented “on the basis of reciprocity.”
Russia is currently the nation with the most number of sanctions in the world.
Top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov, have already been sanctioned by Western nations.
On Tuesday, the United States imposed penalties on 11 Russian defense officials and hinted that it would also impose sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, which is aligned with Moscow.
Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president, was among the 370 extra Russians who now face limitations placed by the UK.
The White House said on Tuesday that President Biden will go to Europe the following week for an emergency Nato conference in Brussels, where he would reiterate Washington’s “iron-clad” support for its allies.
Any ideas Hillary Clinton may have had about acquiring a vacation dacha in the Russian city of Sochi may be set aside.
Joe Biden will have to postpone his plans to start a business in Moscow once he departs the White House.
Without getting too serious, the Russian “stop” order was issued against the US President, senior White House staff, and – most intriguingly – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has not held public office in nine years. It was meant as a symbolic but insignificant response to the crippling sanctions that the US and its allies had imposed on Russia. There is no evidence that any of the Americans on the list have substantial financial links to the Russian government.
It is a sign of the post-Cold War low point in relations between the two nations when the US administration forbids Secretary of State Antony Blinken from ever setting foot on Russian soil.
Since the United States and Russia had planned to collaborate on Iranian nuclear talks, counterterrorism initiatives, climate change mitigation, and other important world problems, this has extremely major repercussions beyond the Ukrainian conflict. It is getting increasingly unlikely that it will happen right now.
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