Russia imposes travel sanctions on nearly 1,000 Americans

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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