If former President Obama and approximately 500 other Americans intended to spend the summer in Russia, they will have to alter their plans.
CNN reported that the Russian foreign ministry issued an entry ban for 500 Americans, including former President Obama, late night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers, as well as former US Ambassador Jon Huntsman, CNN host Erin Burnett, and senators J.D. Vance, Katie Britt, and Eric Schmitt.
“The attached ‘list-500’ also includes those in government and law enforcement agencies who are directly involved in the persecution of dissidents in the wake of the so-called Storming the Capitol,” it said.
On its website it said, “It is high time for Washington to learn that not a single hostile attack against Russia will go without a strong reaction.”
“In addition, the ministry said it is continuing to deny a US embassy request for consular access to American journalist Evan Gershkovich ‘due to the failure to issue visas to Russian journalists from the Lavrov pool,’ in apparent reference to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s trip to the United States in April,” CNN reported.
On Friday, the State Department announced on its website new sanctions against Russia.
“In coordination with the G7, Australia, and other partners, the United States is imposing new sanctions today on Russia for its illegal war in Ukraine. Today’s actions implement new commitments made at the G7 Leaders’ Summit and demonstrate our shared resolve to hold Russia accountable for its mounting atrocities in Ukraine. These sanctions also reinforce the commitment the United States and its partners have made to taking action against those who aid the Kremlin in Ukraine by circumventing our sanctions and export control measures,” the State Department said.
“As part of these actions, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on or identifying as blocked property over 200 entities, individuals, vessels, and aircraft. Today’s actions include designations of targets across Russia’s defense and related materiel, technology, and metals and mining sectors. Our actions also include the designation of entities and individuals involved in expanding Russia’s future energy production and capacity. And we are continuing to target entities and individuals that have engaged in the systematic and unlawful deportation of Ukraine’s children and the theft and transportation of stolen grain from Ukraine,” it said.
“Today’s actions also include designations of an international network of entities engaged in the procurement of components for the Russia-based entity responsible for the manufacture of the Orlan drone, which Russian forces are currently employing in their illegal war against Ukraine, and the Russia-installed puppet authorities in parts of Ukraine’s territory,” the State Department said.
“We are taking these steps in coordination with further sanctions being imposed by the Department of the Treasury today and additional export control measures announced by the Department of Commerce. The United States will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” it said.
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