USA announced this Sunday sanctions against 27 directors of a Russian bank Gazprombank and against Russian TV channels Channel One, Russia and NTV, as well as against arms manufacturer Promtekhnologiya in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The White House announced these sanctions after a virtual meeting of G7 leaders, in which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky intervened.
A senior US official explained to the press that the sanctions against the directors of Gazprombank are intended to give a “warning” to the organization, a banking subsidiary of the Russian state gas company Gazprom and the only Kremlin-sanctioned way for EU members to pay for Russian gas purchases.
However, since the sanctions are directed not at the bank itself, but at its directors, European countries will be able to continue trading with Russia, he said.
Washington also retaliated against eight senior officials of the organization. Sberbankthe most important in Russia, representing 37% of its financial system and already subject to US sanctions.
As a result of the action taken this Sunday, the visas that sanctioned individuals may need to enter the country are being cancelled.
In total, this Sunday, the United States announced similar measures against 2,600 people it claims are part of Russian elite or Russian or Belarusian officialswho allegedly contributed to the commission of aggression against the sovereignty of Ukraine or violated human rights.
On the other hand, the US government has retaliated against three television networks: Channel One, Russia and NTVthe last property of the all-powerful communications group Gazprom-Media, itself a subsidiary of Gazprom.
Washington blames the chains for being part of Propaganda “machine” of the President of RussiaVladimir Putin.
The sanctions will prevent the three stations from purchasing the technology they need to broadcast, from US-made cameras and microphones to sound equipment and lighting systems.
Washington also announced sanctions against Promtekhnologii. a company that manufactures rifles and other weapons used by Russian forces in Ukraineand also against seven shipping companies owning or operating 69 vessels and one offshore tug company.
It will also ban the sale to Russia by US companies of industrial materials that could be used for the war in Ukraine, such as bulldozers, industrial engines, fans, boilers, and wood products.
In addition, the Joe Biden government has ruled that US companies will not be able to provide accounting and advisory services to any Russian individual or entity.
Finally, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a US government agency, will suspend licenses that allow certain materials containing uranium and plutonium to be exported to Russia.
sanctions will come into force from this Sunday to Mondayas the aforementioned official explained to the press.
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