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United The states have expanded visa restrictions for 893 Russian officials, including members of the Federation Council and military personnel. This is stated in the statement of the US State Department.
The sanctions included persons whom the United States considers “responsible for ordering or otherwise directing actions that threaten or violate the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Ukraine.”
In addition, more than 30 foreign officials fell under US sanctions , who previously “acted in support of Russia's annexation of Crimea.”
After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including the United States, have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow. The restrictions affected, among other things, the top officials of the state, the banking and financial sectors, military and technology companies, as well as the reserves of the Central Bank. Washington previously reported that $330 billion worth of Russian assets were blocked, including about $300 billion— Bank of Russia.
At the same time, the United States noted that it is illegal to confiscate blocked assets, in particular those belonging to the Central Bank of Russia. “I think it's only natural, given the massive destruction in Ukraine and the huge rebuilding costs they're going to have to face, that we'd look to Russia to help pay at least some of the cost,” US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.
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In addition, at the end of July, the US Senate adopted a resolution calling on the head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken, to include Russia in the list of states— sponsors of terrorism. The document mentions military actions in Ukraine, as well as the “brute force” that Russia used “against civilians during the Second Chechen War”, Moscow's support for “separatists in acts of cruelty against Ukrainian civilians in the Donbass”; and some other reasons.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Moscow would not leave such an “idiotic” measure unanswered. In the Kremlin “very negatively” assessed the potential consequences of such a move, noting, however, that it would be difficult to further damage relations between the United States and Russia.
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