The Russian Federation has imposed sanctions on the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden. The list released by the Russian foreign ministry includes Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, press secretary Jen Psaki and other members of the administration.
The 13 person list also included two surprises; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mr Biden’s Son Hunter Biden.
The measures contained in the sanction is the blockage of entry into Russia for these individuals as well as freezing of any assets they may hold in the country.
The sanctions according to the ministry is being applied “on the basis of reciprocity.”
Other sanctioned along with the President includes;
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley
- National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan
- Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh
- US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power
- Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo
- President of the Export-Import Bank of the US Reta Jo Lewis
Western countries have already sanctioned top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
On Tuesday, the US announced sanctions on 11 Russian defence leaders and signalled that it could levy sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Moscow-allied Belarus.
Earlier, the UK slapped sanctions on another 370 Russian individuals, including former Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev.
Russia has also sanctioned the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and other Canadian Leaders.
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