15 Mar 2022 18:24

Russia imposes personal sanctions on Biden, Blinken

MOSCOW. March 15 (Interfax) - Russia has imposed personal sanctions on United States President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and several other high-ranking officials and military officers of the U.S. administration.

"In response to a series of unprecedented sanctions banning, among other things, entry into the United States for Russian top officials, President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary [Lloyd] Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [Mark] Milley, as well as a number of heads of several agencies and well-known American figures, are included in the Russian 'stop list' on a reciprocal basis as of March 15 of this year," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday.

The Russian sanctions list also includes National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns, White House spokesperson Jennifer Psaki, Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh, Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power, President Biden's son Hunter, former Secretary of State and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, First Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo, and President and Chair of the U.S. Export-Import Bank Board of Directors Reta Jo Lewis.

"This step taken as a tit-for-tat measure was an inevitable consequence of the extremely Russophobic policy being pursued by the current U.S. administration, which in a desperate attempt to preserve American hegemony has staked, putting aside every propriety, on frontal containment of Russia," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.