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US announces new sanctions package against Russian people and institutions

Diretores do Gazprombank, ligado à companhia energética Gazprom, estão entre os alvos das novas sanções americanas.

Directors of Gazprombank, linked to the energy company Gazprom, are among the targets of the new American sanctions.| Photo: EFE/EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV
8014341179001 8014341179001 The White House announced this Sunday (8) new sanctions on Russian people and institutions in response to the invasion of Ukraine. In all, 27 directors of the Gazprombank bank, the Promtekhnologiya arms company and the Television stations “Channel One”, “Rossiya” and “NTV” were the targets of the new actions, announced after the virtual meeting of the leaders of the G7 – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at the event. The sanctions will take effect between today and Monday (9).

8014341179001 )According to a high-ranking US government official, the sanctions against the directors of Gazprombank seek to give a “warning” to the financial institution, a subsidiary of the energy company Gazprom, which is the only way authorized by the Kremlin for the countries of the Union to European Union to make payments for Russian gas.

However, according to this official , the members of the community bloc will be able to continue carrying out transactions with Russia, since the penalty measures are not aimed at the bank itself, but at its directors. Eight members of the Sberbank top, which had already been sanctioned by the United States, also received sanctions from Washington. The bank is the most important among Russians, representing 37% of the local financial system .

All sanctioned individuals had their US entry visas revoked. Already the TV stations targeted by sanctions are prohibited from acquiring technology they need to broadcast, such as cameras and microphones made in the United States, even sound equipment and lighting systems. The United States accuses the media of having become part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “propaganda machine”.

American companies are prohibited from selling to Russia industrial materials that could be used in the Ukrainian war, such as fans, boilers, industrial engines, excavators and wood products. In addition, Washington announced sanctions against Promtekhnologiya, a company that produces rifles and other weapons used by Russian troops in Ukraine, as well as against seven shipping companies, which own and operate 27 ships and a marine towing company.

The government presided over by Joe Biden has decreed that US companies will not be able to provide accounting and advisory services to any Russian person or institution. Finally, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an American intergovernmental agency, will suspend the licenses that would allow the export to Russia of some materials with uranium and plutonium.

In all, the White House adopted similar measures against 2,600 people, who are part of the Russian elite or members of the government of Russia and Belarus, who, allegedly helped to carry out attacks against the sovereignty of Ukraine or violated human rights.

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