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The Russian government imposes sanctions against Biden, Blinken, and other top officials


BIDEN (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)


US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and other high-ranked US officials and well-known American figures have been targeted with sanctions by Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.


Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that, in response to unprecedented U.S. sanctions against the country, a list of Americans would be placed on the Russian "stop list" starting March 15, translating the statement by Interfax.


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, CIA Director William Burns, and United States Agency for International Development administrator Samantha Power are all included on the list of Americans.


Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 25, the United States imposed sanctions against Russian financial systems and individuals in President Putin's inner circle.


With the United States and the other Group of Seven (G-7) nations, the United States has announced a ban on Russian oil, and has also ended Russia's status as a normal trade relation, making business with the West more difficult for Russia.

“We’ve made President Putin’s war of choice a strategic failure,” Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, said Tuesday that Moscow will "find out how" to end its economic dependence on the West.


“We will ensure that we never again find ourselves in a similar situation and that neither Uncle Sam nor anyone else has the power to wreck our economy,” Lavrov said.


15 March 2022

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