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Russia. Incorporation of the occupied territories of Ukraine after the pseudo-referendum. President Joe Biden comments that the US is imposing sanctions

US President Joe Biden declared that Russia is “trampling on the United Nations Charter” and “showing contempt for peaceful nations around the world.” The American leader reacted in this way to the illegal annexation of the four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine announced by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. Biden also announced new sanctions and announced further support for Ukraine, which is struggling with the Russian invasion. “Ukraine has every right to defend its land, its people and to recapture the territory that Russia has seized,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Vladimir Putin announced on Friday in a propaganda speech the decision to include the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts in Russia. This decision is a breach of international law.

Russian President Vladimir PutinEPA / GAVRIIL GRIGOROVSPUTNIK / KREMLIN

Biden: Russia showed contempt for peaceful nations

In response to these actions, the US president Joe Biden declared that “United States condemn Russia’s fraudulent attempt to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory. “Russia is breaking international law by trampling on the United Nations Charter and showing contempt for peaceful nations around the world,” he wrote.

He announced that the United States “will always honor Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders” and support it militarily and diplomatically.

He also announced new sanctions against Russia, targeting more than 1,000 people and entities from Russia, including the head of the central bank, as well as non-Russian entities supporting its activities.

US President Joe BidenPAP / EPA / JIM LO SCALZO

“We will mobilize the international community to both condemn these movements and hold Russia accountable. We will continue to provide Ukraine with the equipment it needs to defend itself, notwithstanding Russia’s bold attempts to change its neighbor’s borders. which will provide an additional $ 12 billion to support Ukraine, “he said the president of the United States of America.

“I call on all members of the international community to reject Russia’s illegal annexation attempts and to support the Ukrainian people for as long as necessary,” he added.

Treasury secretary: we will not stand aside

Earlier, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had imposed sanctions on 14 entities related to the Russian defense industry and a network of companies trying to circumvent the ban on the import of technology (including one Chinese and one from Armenia), the head of the Central Bank of Russia Elwira Nabiullina and her deputy, and 278 members of Russian parliamentarians “for allowing Russia to hold a bogus referendum and attempt to annex Ukraine’s sovereign territory.” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksander Nowak was among those targeted by the sanctions.

“We will not stand aside when Putin deceptively tries to annex part of Ukraine,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. “The Treasury Department and the US government are taking extensive action today to further weaken Russia’s already degraded military-industrial complex and undermine its ability to wage this illegal war,” she added.

Pseudoreferendum in the occupied territories of UkraineSTRINGER / PAP / EPA

In addition, restrictions were imposed on family members of prominent representatives of the Kremlin elite, including the wives and children of the minister of defense Sergey ShoyguPrime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, former president and prime minister, and currently deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the commander of the National Guard (Rosgvardia) and, in the past, Putin’s head of security, Viktor Zolotov.

The State Department announced a visa ban for 910 people, including Russian soldiers, Belarusian officials and members of the puppet government in occupied Ukraine.

“Use your powers more aggressively”

The US Department of Commerce also added 57 entities to its US export blacklist. At the same time, the finance and trade ministries announced that, in line with actions taken by the EU, among others, they intend to “use their powers more aggressively” to impose restrictions on entities from third countries that support Russia in its efforts to legitimize the attempt to annex part of Ukraine, develop its arms industry and steer clear of sanctions.

“Collectively, these actions make it clear that the United States and its partners and allies will hold actors around the world accountable for trying to undermine our sanctions or support Russia’s hostile activities,” the release said.

Blinken: Ukraine has the right to recapture this territory

This issue was also raised at the press conference by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. – We will hold to account any persons, entities or countries that will give political or economic support to President Putin’s illegal attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory – he said during a press conference after the meeting with the head of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Melanie Joly.

The head of US diplomacy noted that third countries supporting Russia would be exposed to sanctions and announced that the US would never recognize the alleged annexation of Ukrainian territory. – Ukraine has every right to defend its land, its people and to recapture the territory that Russia has seized, he added.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / JIM LO SCALZO

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