Russia sanctions 398 US congressmen and 87 Canadian senators

Russia on Wednesday sanctioned 398 members of the US Congress of the House of Representatives and 87 Canadian senators in response to sanctions imposed by Washington and Ottawa against Russian MPs and senators in retaliation for the war in Ukraine.

“In the near future, there will be further announcements regarding the expansion of the sanctioned list” in the United States and Canada, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned in separate statements.

The measure adopted by the Chancellery follows the sanctions imposed by the United States, on May 24, against 328 deputies of the Russian Parliament, previously included in a list compiled by the American government, which affected almost all of the House, which is made up of 458 seats.

Considering that Russia had previously vetoed the entry of several members of the US Congress into the country, such as Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, according to Moscow, the new wave of sanctions affects “everyone” on the basis of “reciprocity”. .

Among other sanctions, the US Treasury Department three weeks ago added the Russian parliament to the list of vetoed entities and froze any assets under US jurisdiction that the 328 members of the House may hold. Russian representatives.

“The Russian State Duma continues to support Putin’s invasion, restricting the free flow of information and undermining the basic rights of Russian citizens,” said US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

The US Treasury Department also recalled that in February the Russian parliament approved a call for Putin to recognize the pro-Russian republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent, “although they are part of Ukraine. “.

In the case of Canada, the government sanctioned, on the same day as the United States, 160 Russian senators and, as a result, there was a response by banning 87 Canadian congressmen from entering the country.

Russia considers the measure ‘unfriendly’, contrary to national interests, as Canada ‘tries to stay ahead of the Russophobic course of the current US administration’, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said foreigners, Maria Zakharova.

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