A total of 13 people were blacklisted.
Moscow, in response to Washington’s sanctions, banned US President Joe Biden and 12 other American officials from entering Russia. This is stated in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“In response to a series of unprecedented sanctions prohibiting, among other things, entry into the United States for senior officials of the Russian Federation, since March 15, 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 leaders, have been included on the Russian “stop list” on the basis of reciprocity departments and well-known American figures,” the message says.
The “stop list,” which is published on the website of the Russian diplomatic department, includes:
-U.S. President Joe Biden;
-U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken;
-Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin;
-Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan;
-CIA Director William Burns;
-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley;
-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki;
-Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Daleep Singh;
-Director of the International Development Agency Samantha Power;
-The son of the U.S. President Hunter Biden;
-Former U.S. Secretary of State and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton;
-First Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Adewale Adeyemo;
-President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Export-Import Bank Reta Jo Lewis.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that in the near future Moscow will announce the expansion of the list of persons who are banned from entering Russia, including senior American officials.
“In the near future, new announcements will follow on the expansion of the sanctions list by including senior American officials, the military, legislators, businessmen, experts and media personalities who are Russophobic or who contribute to inciting hatred against Russia and the introduction of restrictive measures,” the statement said. “These actions will be carried out in organic unity with the large-scale decisions taken by the government of the Russian Federation in financial, banking and other spheres to protect the Russian economy and ensure its sustainable development.”
As explained in the ministry, Russia’s response to a series of U.S. sanctions was an inevitable consequence of Washington’s extremely Russophobic course. “This step, taken as a counter-reaction, was an inevitable consequence of the extremely Russophobic course taken by the current U.S. administration, which, in a desperate attempt to preserve American hegemony, made a bet, discarding all decency, on the frontal deterrence of Russia,” the document says.
At the same time, Russia does not refuse to maintain official ties if they meet its national interests, and, if necessary, will “solve problems arising from the status of persons who appear on the “black list” in order to organize high-level contacts.”