U.S. sanctions Russia after Putin annexes parts of Ukraine

The United States and Group of 7 allies on Friday responded to what it called Russia’s illegitimate annexation of Ukrainian lands by imposing a new round of sanctions and warning other nations that they would be similarly punished if they caught the latest one support the Kremlin’s move.

“Russia is violating international law, trampling on the United Nations Charter and everywhere showing its contempt for peaceful nations,” President Biden said in a statement condemning Russia’s actions. “Make no mistake: these actions have no legitimacy.”

After Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech from Moscow announcing the annexation, the Ministry of Finance sanctioned 14 international suppliers for supporting Russia’s military supply chains, as well as 109 other members of the State Duma and 169 members of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Biden, who pledged that the US would continue to support Ukraine with defense assistance, including a new $1.1 billion package announced earlier this week, called on “all members of the international community to oppose Russia’s illegal annexation attempts and… to stand by the people of Russia in Ukraine while it lasts.”

Russia defended its move by claiming that the annexation was backed by local referendums, but the international community dismissed them as bogus votes.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued a clear warning in a statement, noting that the G-7 had agreed to impose sanctions on “any person, entity, or country that violates Russia’s illegal attempts to change, politically or economically.” support status of Ukrainian territory.”

But seven months into a conflict in which the US and Western allies imposed severe economic consequences for Putin’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russia appears only to intervene more deeply, though it did not in Kyiv in the early days of the war and more recently , suffering casualties in the still contested eastern region, where Ukrainian forces have retaken lands that Russia had controlled for a time.

Putin accused the US of “satanism” and “neo-colonial hegemony” in his 37-minute speech Friday that Ukraine’s four regions would become part of Russia. He framed the battle as an existential war with the West, even going so far as to justify its possible use of nuclear weapons, noting that the US was the first country to use them at the end of World War II.

“You’ve set a precedent,” Putin said after calling the US “hypocritical.”

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-09-30/u-s-sanctions-russia-after-putin-annexes-ukraine U.S. sanctions Russia after Putin annexes parts of Ukraine

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