Russia’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday, the nation is sanctioning several former and current top US officials, including Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.
“In response to a series of unprecedented sanctions prohibiting, among other things, entry into the United States for top Russian officials, effective March 15 this year, the Russian ‘stop list’ includes @JoeBiden, @SecBlinken and a number of other American figures on the basis of reciprocity,” the ministry said in a Twitter post.
According to Russia, more announcements regarding the expansion of the sanctions list will be made soon.
The Russians provided a list of thirteen people to be subjected to the sanctions.
1. Joseph Robinette Biden;
2. Antony John Blinken;
3. Lloyd James Austin III;
4. Mark Alexander Milley;
5. Jacob Jeremiah Sullivan, National Security Advisor;
6. William Joseph Burns, Director of the CIA;
7. Jennifer Rene Psaki, White House Press Secretary;
8. Daleep Singh, Deputy National Security Advisor;
9. Samantha Jane Power, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development;
10. Robert Hunter Biden, son of the US President;
11. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, former US presidential candidate;
12. Adewale Adeyemo, US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury;
13. Reta Jo Lewis, President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
The individuals listed by the Russian government will not be allowed to travel to Russia.
Hillary Clinton mocked the move in a Twitter post, writing, “I want to thank the Russian Academy for this Lifetime Achievement Award.”
After news of the sanctions spread, former President Donald Trump commented, asking if the world will soon learn why the Biden family was secretly wired $3.5 million from the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow.
“Breaking News: Russia just sanctioned Joe Biden. While that is a terrible thing, in so many ways, perhaps it will now be explained why the Biden family received 3.5 million dollars from the very wealthy former Mayor of Moscow’s wife,” Trump said in a Tuesday statement.
“Perhaps that’s why Biden has been so ‘slow on the draw’ with Russia,” Trump continued. “This is a really bad conflict of interest that will, perhaps now, be fully and finally revealed!”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to the sanctions on Tuesday, saying, “President Biden is a junior, so they may have sanctioned his dad, may he Rest In Peace. None of us are planning tourist trips to Russia. None of us have bank accounts that we won’t be able to access.”
Meanwhile, according to Ben Shapiro, Russia is “getting concessions from the US in the middle of a war,” via the Iran nuclear deal.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed the Biden administration promised Moscow will be allowed to trade with Iran despite ongoing sanctions.
“We received written guarantees. They are included in the text of the agreement itself on the resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program,” Lavrov said Tuesday.