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US imposes additional sanctions against Russia in the G7, while the EU continues negotiations

USA announced this Sunday new battery of sanctions against Russia within G7 leaders meeting, in which the major industrial powers pledged to further isolate Moscow because of the war in Ukraine. European countries G7 they failed to announce their own sanctions as the European Union (EU) failed to agree on Sunday to ban oil imports from Russia due to some partners’ dependence on Moscow’s oil.

However, in a joint statement released by the White House, G7 leaders reaffirm their commitment to reducing addiction Russian energy industry and stated that will intensify its campaign for further lockdown Russian economy with new measures against its financial sector. The G7 meeting, which was held virtually, was attended by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

Zelensky confirmed his intention to defeat the Russian troops and explained that Ukraine depends on its international partners, in particular the G7, for sufficient military resources and for the Ukrainian economy to recover from the devastation of the war, according to the White House. In response, the G7 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and vowed to take further action against the Kremlin.

Sanctions against directors of Gazprombank

Despite the threats in the joint statement, the only country to announce sanctions this Sunday was the United States. limited access to visas for 27 directors of the Russian bank Gazprombank. 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 Russia’s state gas company Gazprom and the only Kremlin-approved channel for EU members. pay for Russian gas.

However, since the sanctions are not directed against the bank itself, but against its directors, European countries will be able to continue trade with Russiathis source said. Washington also retaliated against eight senior officials of the organization Sberbank, the most important in Russia, representing 37% of its financial system. In total this Sunday, the United States announced similar measures against 2,600 people who he claims are part of the Russian elite or are Russian or Belarusian officials who allegedly facilitated aggression against Ukrainian sovereignty or violated human rights.

On the other hand, the US government has retribution against three television networks: Channel One, Russia and NTV, the latter owned by the powerful communications group Gazprom-Media, itself a subsidiary of Gazprom. Washington blames the networks for becoming part of Putin’s propaganda machine.

As a result of the sanctions, these three stations prohibited from acquiring the technology they need to broadcast, from US-made cameras and microphones to sound equipment and lighting systems. Washington also announced sanctions against Promtekhnologiya, a company that manufactures weapons used by Russian forces in Ukraine, as well as seven shipping companies that own or operate 69 ships, and a marine tug company.

will also remain U.S. companies banned the sale of industrial materials to Russia that can be used for the war in Ukraine, such as bulldozers, industrial engines, fans, boilers, and woodwork. 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.

In addition to the US sanctions, several G7 countries expressed their solidarity with Ukraine by visiting the country unexpectedly, with gestures of special symbolism, since it coincides with the so-called Victory Day, the anniversary of the capitulation of the Third Reich and the defeat of Nazism. For example, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Irpin the Kyiv region, accompanied by its mayor Alexander Markushin, according to the Ukrainian portal Ukrinfrom.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the German parliament (Bundestag), a Social Democrat Berbel Bass, traveled to Kyiv to take part in the celebrations marking the end of World War II, becoming the first high-ranking figure from Germany to visit Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.

On the other hand, the first lady of the United States, Jill Biden unexpectedly crossed the border between Slovakia and Ukraine to meet with the wife of the President of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, as a sign of solidarity, coinciding with the celebration of Mother’s Day both in the United States and in the Slavic country. The G7 summit was announced on Friday by the government of Germany, the rotating presidency. The Group of Seven (G7) was formerly known as the G8, but Russia was excluded in 2014 following Ukraine’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.


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