The State Department also announced that Lukashenko, his wife and their children are barred from entering the US
Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has allowed Russian troops to come to his country for exercises, then attack neighboring Ukraine from Belarusian soil. Lukashenko also suggested hospitals to treat wounded Russians and morgues to bury their dead.
Last month, Belarus held a referendum to change the country’s constitution and end its status as a nuclear-free zone, opening up the possibility of Russian nuclear weapons being deployed there. The US closed its embassy in Belarus a day after the referendum was launched.
Eleven senior Russian officials, including several senior officials in the Russian Defense Ministry, were also barred from entering the United States and had their assets frozen along with their families. Viktor Zolotov, the head of Russia’s National Guard, has been listed as accused of a role in punishing Russian civilians who oppose Russia’s war in Ukraine and cracking down on dissent in the regions. occupied Ukraine.
The State Department also introduced a new visa restriction policy under the Immigration and Nationality Act, barring current and former Russian government officials and their families from entering the United States. 38 individuals “believed to be involved in suppressing dissent” in Russia and their families, the US State Department said were immediately affected by the visa ban.
Other visa restrictions have been announced against officers of the Russian Federal Security Service in Crimea accused of torture; Russian officials involved in attacks on Chechen dissidents in Europe; and Belarusians engaged in political corruption.
“Today’s designations demonstrate that the United States will continue to have concrete and substantial consequences for those involved in corruption or involvement,” said Andrea Gacki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control. to serious violations of human rights”. “We condemn Russia’s attacks on humanitarian corridors in Ukraine and call on Russia to stop its gratuitous and brutal war against Ukraine.”
On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced it would sanction Biden, Blinken and several other US officials “on a reciprocal basis”. Also subject to sanctions are Biden’s son, Hunter, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“First of all, I would like to note that President Biden is a ‘junior,’ so they may have punished his father – may he rest in peace,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who is also included in the sanctions, joked Tuesday.
“None of us are planning travel trips to Russia, neither of us have a bank account that we won’t be able to access, so we will try to get through,” Psaki said. speak.
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