The Kremlin said on Saturday it had permanently banned 963 Americans from traveling to Russia in retaliation for US sanctions against its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Why is this important: It’s a major update to a sanctions list originally released in March that included President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other administration officials, though the sanctions themselves- themselves are largely symbolic.
- The list, published by the Russian Foreign Ministry, has been significantly expanded to include many people not involved in the US government, such as actor Morgan Freeman and numerous journalists.
- It also includes the old Meaning. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who died in April, and John McCain (R-Arizona), who died in August 2018, although the department acknowledged his death.
What they say : “In the context of the response to the constantly imposed anti-Russian sanctions by the United States and in connection with incoming inquiries regarding the personal composition of our national “arrest list”, the Russian Foreign Ministry publishes a list of citizens Americans who are permanently banned from entering the Russian Federation,” the ministry said in a joint statement.
- “We emphasize that hostile actions taken by Washington, which boomerang against the United States itself, will continue to receive appropriate rebuff,” he added.
The big picture: Separately, the Kremlin added 26 new names to a list of Canadians it has permanently banned from Russia, including Canada’s defense chiefs, defense industry executives and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- Russia previously banned Justin Trudeau in March.
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