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Joe Biden unveils new sanctions on Russia in response to annexations

Washington, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) The President Joe Biden administration on Friday announced a new round of economic sanctions in response to Russia´s annexation of four Ukrainian territories, targeting government and military officials and their family members.

The Departments of Treasury, Commerce and State each announced separate sanctions intended to target decision-makers in Moscow, allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin and entities that support the military-industrial complex in Russia.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the sanctions serve as a clear warning from the U.S. and its Group of Seven allies that there will be “costs for any individual, entity, or country that provides political or economic support to Russia as a result of its attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory.”

The Treasury Department is sanctioning Elvira Sakhipzadovna Nabiullina, the governor of Russia´s Central Bank and a former adviser to Putin. The department is also sanctioning over 100 members of the Russian Duma.

Treasury and State are also sanctioning relatives of members of Russia´s National Security Council, including the wife and children of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The Commerce Department, on the other hand, will also add 57 entities to its sanction list in a bid to restrict Russian access to key technologies and other materials that fuel the war effort in Ukraine.

Putin and the top representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and the Zaporozhie and Kherson regions today signed the treaties of accession of these territories to Russia, following referendums in these areas that met with broad popular support.



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