Jill and Ashley Biden won’t be able to visit the country, along with 23 other US citizens, Russia’s foreign ministry announced
Russia has imposed sanctions on US President Joe Biden’s wife and daughter, along with 23 other individuals responsible for promoting a “Russophobic courses” The people on the list are barred from entering the country.
In a statement published on Tuesday, Russia’s foreign ministry said that the measures were introduced “In response to US sanctions on Russian public and political figures,”
Apart from First Lady Jill Biden and her daughter Ashley, 23 US senators and academics were singled out for their “Russophobic” activities including providing the White House with recommendations on its Russia policies, including sanctions.
The full list of 1,048 US citizens, who are barred from entering Russia indefinitely, can be found on the ministry’s website.
Following the start of Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine in late February, the US and numerous other nations imposed economic sanctions and targeted Russian officials, lawmakers, businessmen and public figures.
US Treasury announced punitive actions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Sergei Lavrov. Although not unusual, sanctions have been used by the US only in rare instances against a head state, and were targeted at leaders from North Korea, Syria, and Belarus.
Explaining the move at the time, Washington argued that “President Putin and Minister Lavrov are directly responsible for Russia’s unprovoked and unlawful further invasion of Ukraine.”
In mid-March, the Kremlin retaliated with its own black list, which included the US President and twelve of the country’s diplomatic, military, and intelligence chiefs.
“This counter-reaction was inevitable because of the Russophobic US Administration.” the Russian foreign ministry said at the time.
Early April saw the US issue sanctions against Katerina Vorontsova and Maria Tikhonova, which American officials consider to be daughters of President Putin.