The Russia launched a package of sanctions this Thursday () against almost US officials, business people, and journalists, including the US Vice President, Kamala Harris, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. They are banned from entering Russian territory, for creating “a Russophobic agenda”, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The list has the names of senior Pentagon officials such as Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, Spokesperson John Kirby and the White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain. Evan Ryan, wife of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Douglas Emhoff, husband of Harris, were also sanctioned. Entrepreneurs like Linkedin CEO Ryan Roslansky and experts like Edward Acevedo of the Wilson Center are also barred from entering Russia. Among the sanctioned journalists are CNN’s Bianna Golodryga, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and Kevin Rothrock of the Russian portal Meduza.
Russia has also announced individual sanctions against 61 Canadian citizens, from senior officials to the military, business people, experts and journalists.