Moscow bans Biden and Canadian Prime Minister from entering

Russia today announced a ban on US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from entering the country in response to sanctions imposed on Russians. Other officials from both governments have also been placed on the banned list. (see full list below).

On the American side, among those to whom the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has vetoed, is the American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

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Ministers Mélaine Joly and Anita Anand – respectively of Foreign Affairs and Defense – were other Canadian officials included in the list of more than 300 Ukrainian citizens already barred from entering Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed, however, that it maintains official relations with the United States and, if necessary, will ensure that high-level contacts with those on this list can take place.

Check below which authorities are prohibited from entering Russia:

  • Joe Biden, US President
  • Anthony turn signalUS Secretary of State
  • Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense
  • William Burnshead of the CIA
  • James SullivanUnited States national security adviser
  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Melaine Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
  • Anita Anand, Minister of Defense of Canada
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US imposes new sanctions on Russia and Belarusian president

The United States also today announced new sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his wife, as well as Russian individuals and entities, accusing them of corruption and human rights abuses.

The Treasury said the sanctions targeted Lukashenko, “head of a corrupt government in Belarus whose patronage network benefits those around him and his regime”, as well as his wife. He also ordered punitive measures against four Russian citizens and a Russian organization, according to a statement.

The UK also applied more sanctions to Russia today. The British government added 350 more people to the list of sanctioned people and imposed punitive tariffs on products such as vodka.

Among the oligarchs on the new list are Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, as well as Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov and the voice of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

Canada sanctions Russian oligarchs, including Chelsea owner

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Friday (11) new sanctions against Russian oligarchs, including tycoon Roman Abramovich, owner of the Soccer English Chelsea.

“Today we announced sanctions against five more people, including Roman Abramovich,” Trudeau told reporters in Warsaw.

“These people will not be able to do business in Canada and their assets will be frozen,” added the Prime Minister after a six-day trip to Europe.

*With information from Reuters and AFP

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