Russia announced sanctions on Biden and a couple of other top US officials.
With Biden, US officials on the list included Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and CIA chief William Burns.
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Russia stated it had put US President Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and a dozen on other top US officials on a stop list that bans them from entering the country,
On the list alongside Biden, we could find Lloyd Austin, the Defense Secretary, William Burns, the CIA chief, and Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser.
The ban represents a response to the sanctions Washington imposed on Russian officials in the middle of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The measures were symbolic, as the foreign ministry stated it was maintaining official relations and, if necessary, would ensure that high-level contacts with the people on the list may take place.
Others top US officials on the Russian ban list are Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh, US Agency for International Development chief Samantha Power, Deputy Treasury Secretary Adewale Adeyemo, and US Export-Import Bank chief Reta Jo Lewis.
Russia banned Hunter Biden and the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The foreign ministry of Moscow will announce their additional sanctions against the US officials, military officers, legislators, businessmen, and media.
The WH made light of Russia’s move this Tuesday, announcing that Moscow may have sanctioned Biden’s deceased father by omitting the suffix Junior from the spelling of the US president’s name.
“President Biden is a junior, so they may have sanctioned his dad, may he rest in peace,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
“None of us are planning tourist trips to Russia, none of us have bank accounts that we won’t be able to access, so we will forge ahead,” she said.
The US Treasury Department announced sanctions on 4 Russians, and one entity is accused of playing a role in concealing events around the death of Sergei Magnitsky.
“We condemn Russia’s attacks on humanitarian corridors in Ukraine and call on Russia to cease its unprovoked and brutal war against Ukraine,” the head of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Andrea Gacki, said in a statement.
“President Putin made a choice to further his illegal and unjustifiable invasion, and he can also make a choice to end it by immediately ending the senseless violence and withdrawing his forces,” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in a statement.