Russia banned 29 U.S. dignitaries from entering its territory on Thursday, including Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, in response to sanctions against Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
In addition, 61 Canadian personalities, most government or military officials, are also affected by this measure. In a statement, these U.S. and Canadian citizens are "banned from entering Russia indefinitely," the foreign ministry said.
The list of sanctioned Americans includes several government officials, such as Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks and Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. Also on the list are several prominent figures in the world of finance, such as the powerful manager of Bank of America, Brian Moynihan, and in the defense industry, such as the head of the Northrop Grumman consortium, Kathy Warden. Several media personalities are also targeted, such as George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America" morning show, and David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist.
Russian diplomats explain the measures against these "journalists and experts," accusing them of defending a "Russophobic agenda." On the Canadian side, the list includes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's communications director Cameron Ahmad and special forces commander, Steve Boivin. Russia has previously imposed sanctions on hundreds of American and Canadian figures, including U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in response to their country's punitive measures against Moscow.
Russia's behavior in the current context would seem almost childish. The conduct would deprive the Russian citizen of the culture and opportunities of the currently formed world community. Putin thus created an iteration of Stalinism that strangled all that Russian culture had meant up to that point. From a geopolitical point of view, this appears to be completely isolated from the West.
Russia's military offensive on February 24 against Ukraine has sparked international outrage and a barrage of economic sanctions against Moscow.
A spokesman for U.S. diplomacy said the ban on entering Russia was honorable. On Thursday, U.S. Foreign Minister Ned Price said that he considered it an "honor" to be targeted by Moscow's new sanctions, which especially barred him from entering Russian territory, AFP reports.
"I must say that it is neither more nor less an honor to provoke the anger of a government that lies to its people, mistreats its neighbors, and seeks to create a world where independence and freedom are in jeopardy," Ned Price told reporters.
These "undesirables" appointed by Putin's government are categorized according to the Stalinist method of persecution. All Putin is showing by these restrictions is that he no longer wants to deal not only with the United States but with the entire international community.
He has conflicted with the whole world, but the strangest thing is not this fact but that he acted with much more discretion in the past. His speeches up to the time of the conflict were much more rationally structured, leaving room for interpretation of the formation of camps. Still, from the declaration of war until now, he has continued to use a definite speech that does not offer any advantage in creating a base of international or national supporters. It is evident in his country that he does not need persuasion, but on the international stage, this is important. What denotes this lack of interest in appearances is just an interest in monopolies, petty behavior, and the character of a dictator.
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