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U.S. imposes sanctions on Russia over annexation of swath of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia over its announced annexation of part of Ukraine that targeted hundreds of people and businesses, including those in Russia’s military-industrial complex and lawmakers.

Washington acted after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday declared the largest annexation in Europe since World War II, declaring Russian rule over 15% of Ukraine.

“We will rally the international community to both denounce these moves and hold Russia accountable. We will continue to provide Ukraine with the equipment it needs to defend itself, undeterred by Russia’s brutal attempt to push the borders from its neighbor again,” said US President Joe. Biden said in a statement.

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The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

Guidance from the US Treasury and Commerce Department warned that anyone outside Russia, including companies, providing political, economic or material support to Moscow is at increased risk of sanctions.

Treasury sanctions generally freeze all U.S. assets of the designated persons and prohibit Americans from doing business with them.

Commerce has added 57 entities in Russia and Crimea to its blacklist for US exports.

Treasury said it has imposed sanctions on 14 people in Russia’s military-industrial complex, two leaders of the country’s central bank, relatives of top officials and 278 members of the Russian legislature “for enabling Russia’s mock referendums and attempt to sovereign Ukrainian territory.”

Among those nominated was Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak; 109 Duma members; the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia and 169 of its members; and the Governor of the Central Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina.

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One of the targets linked to Russia’s defense procurement was a Chinese supplier who accused the Treasury of supporting Radioavtomatika, a US-designated Russian defense procurement firm.

Washington said Sinno Electronics Co Ltd, which was previously on the Commerce Department’s list of entities, maintained a relationship with the Russian company even after the invasion of Ukraine.

Sinno did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

Taco LLC in Armenia; Russia’s Novastream Limited; a Belarusian state supplier, and Russian technology and defense companies were some of the other companies reliant on Russian defense procurement.

FAMILY MEMBERS

The Ministry of Finance has also designated family members of the Russian National Security Council, such as the wife of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and two adult children, the wife and adult children of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the wife and adult children of the head of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov.

In addition, the immediate family members of the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federal Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and the Governor of Saint Petersburg Alexander Beglov were hit with sanctions.

The US State Department said in a separate statement that it has imposed visa restrictions on more than 900 people, including members of the Russian and Belarusian military and “Russia’s proxies for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence.” ‘, preventing them from going to the United States.

The United States singled out a Russian citizen, Ochur-Suge Mongush, for his involvement in what US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called “a gross violation of human rights against a Ukrainian prisoner of war”, saying that Mongush and his immediate family could not enter the United States.

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Canada also announced on Friday measures against dozens of oligarchs, financial elites and their relatives, plus 35 senior officials backed by Russia in the regions where the referendums took place.

Washington’s goals are largely proportionate to annexing Russia, said Brian O’Toole, a former Treasury secretary who now works at the Atlantic Council think tank.

The action against Sinno Electronics serves as a warning to other Chinese companies and those who may be doing business with Russia, he said.

“I’m impressed with how robust this is, as this was a relatively short turnaround time,” O’Toole said.

Russia declared the annexations Friday after holding what it called referendums in Ukraine’s occupied territories. Western governments and Kiev said the votes violated international law and were coercive and unrepresentative.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday about their “shared concern” over Russia’s annexation and the need to protect critical infrastructure following the apparent sabotage of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the United States said. .

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Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Steve Holland, Karen Freifeld, Doina Chiacu and Heather Timmons in Washington and Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Written by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Howard Goller

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