Russia has announced sanctions against the United States’ First Lady, Jill Biden, amid its ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
The wife of President Joe Biden and his daughter, Ashley, are two of the 25 Americans who have been targeted by the new package of sanctions announced by Moscow this week.
Other people named on the sanctions list include US senators Susan Collins of Maine, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Charles Grassley of Iowa and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, as well as several university professors, researchers and former US government officials.
A statement from Russia’s foreign ministry explained the move against Biden’s family members and other Americans was taken ‘as a response to the ever-expanding US sanctions against Russian political and public figures’.
Those named by Moscow have been added to a ‘stop list’ and are banned from visiting Russia, according to AFP.
News of the sanctions comes after President Biden met with G7 leaders and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Germany on Monday, 27 June, to build on the US’s ‘unprecedented’ sanctions designed to hold Russian president Vladimir Putin ‘accountable’ for the war, which began in February.
The meeting focused on ‘significant new sanctions commitments to further intensify […] economic measures against Russia’.
“Our measures will continue to sap Putin’s military-industrial complex of critical components, prevent the central bank’s foreign reserves from propping up an ailing economy and deprive Putin of the resources he needs to wage his war, and hold the kleptocracy to account for its ill-gotten gains. The effectiveness of our measures will only compound over time to further isolate Russia from the world economy.”A statement from the White House explained:
Details of these plans have been shared by Biden on Twitter and include taking steps to target Russian military production and supply chains, using Russian property taxes and limiting Russia’s participation in the global market.
The US and G7 leaders are also committed to ensuring the results of those involved in human rights abuses such as war crimes and to the ‘G7 Vital Commitment of Budget Support and other Ukrainian support’.
‘Hundreds’ of more individuals and organizations will be subject to sanctions from the US, over more than 1,000,000 already punished, the White House statement said.
Biden’s meetings on the ongoing war continue today, June 28, as he arrives in Spain for a NATO summit, where leaders will discuss defending Ukraine and the next phase of the conflict.
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