The latest round of sanctions includes more US officials, media personalities and Canadians John Tory and Doug Ford.
Russia has issued new retaliatory sanctionsincluding travel bans on US Vice President Kamala Harris, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory.
The broad list of 29 Americans and 61 Canadians released Thursday includes several other members of the US administration of President Joe Biden and the government of Canadian President Justin Trudeau, as well as several prominent media figures.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the list included people responsible for the “Russophobic” policies of the United States and Canada after the Russian invasion of Ukrainewhich started on February 24.
The sanctions come after an earlier round of sanctions barred US President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from entering Russia.
Russia shared the new punitive actions shortly after Biden Announced the latest round of military aid to Ukraine, an additional $800 million which included more heavy artillery, as well as “Ghost” tactical drones.
The latest package brings total aid to Ukraine to more than $3 billion since the invasion began.
Biden also announced that Russian ships would be banned from all US ports.
“This is another critical step we are taking in concert with our partners in the European Union, the United Kingdom and Canada to deny Russia the benefits of the international economic system that it has enjoyed so much in the past,” he said.
Beyond Harris, the latest Biden administration officials targeted by Russia include Pentagon spokesman John Kirby and Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.
The list of Canadians is headed by Cameron Ahmad, who serves as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s director of communications, and Canadian Special Operations Forces Commander Steve Boivin.
The US list also included prominent media figures such as ABC News television host George Stephanopoulos, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, and the editor of the Meduza-focused news site. Russia, Kevin Rothrock.
western sanctions they have tried to bleed Moscow’s economy and international influence amid the ongoing invasion. They have also targeted members of Putin’s inner circle, his family and closely aligned oligarchs.
On Tuesday, Canada became the latest country to sanction Putin. adult daughterswho have been accused of hiding their father’s wealth.