Russia announces personal sanctions against 61 senior US officials

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday (June 6) that Moscow had imposed personal sanctions on 61 US officials. Among those under sanctions are US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and many others, including the US defense industry and media.

Personal sanctions would mean that these people would be banned from entering Russia. The ministry said the sanctions were imposed in retaliation for “the steady extension of U.S. sanctions against Russian political and public figures, as well as representatives of domestic businesses.”

The ministry added that those under sanctions include heads of major military-industrial corporations, media platforms, rating agencies and aircraft and shipbuilding companies, as well as US State Department officials. These officials, according to the Russian ministry, were “implicated in false reports of ‘malicious’ Russian cyberattacks”

Here are some of the names against which sanctions have been imposed by Russia

  • Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Edward Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines
  • Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director
  • Shalanda Young, White House Budget Director
  • James O’Brien, Chief of the State Department Sanctions Coordination Office
  • Jeffrey Sprecher, President of the New York Stock Exchange
  • President and CEO of the Fitch Group, Paul Taylor

Relations between the United States and Russia are currently strained, particularly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The United States and Western countries have already imposed sanctions on Russia.

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