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The Russian government on Tuesday (03/15/2022) imposed sanctions on US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and ten other American government officials and political figures.
Moscow said the sanctions were a reciprocal measure, imposed after Washington blacklisted Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin. The latest details of Russia’s “stop list” were announced by the Kremlin.
“In response to the very Russophobia path taken by the current US administration,” the Kremlin announced. At the top of the list of 13 names is President Biden, followed by Blinken and Austin. They were also named by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, CIA Director William Burns, and White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki.
Further down the list, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the son of Biden, Hunter Biden, whose ties to a Ukrainian energy company have previously been questioned and criticized, are also included.
All those included in the list of targets for sanctions are prohibited from entering the territory of the Russian Federation. However, the Kremlin statement said Moscow would not rule out contact with American officials. “If they fulfill our national interests,” the Kremlin announced, as quoted by Russia Today, Wednesday (16/3/2022).
“More names will be added to the list shortly,” the announcement continued, warning that top US officials, military officials, members of Parliament, businessmen, experts, and media figures who promote Russophobia or contribute to inciting hatred against Russia will also be blacklisted.
The US has previously imposed sanctions on Russian businessmen and media figures, so retaliatory sanctions by Moscow could potentially be applied in a retaliatory manner. In the nearly three weeks since launching its military offensive in Ukraine, Russia has become the most sanctioned country in the world.
In addition to penalties imposed by the US, UK, and European Union governments, several private companies—from iconic Western brands like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola to global financial institutions like Visa and Mastercard—have suspended their activities in Russia.