US President Joe Biden and other officials do not plan tourist trips to Russia and do not have bank accounts in the country. This was stated on March 15 by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, answering a question about the sanctions imposed by Moscow.
“It may surprise you, but none of us are planning tourist trips to Russia, none of us have bank accounts there that need to be accessed,” she said.
Earlier in the day, Russia imposed personal sanctions on Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, as well as a number of departmental heads and well-known American figures.
The “stop list” also included US National Security Assistant Jacob Sullivan, CIA Director William Burns, Jen Psaki, US President’s son Hunter Biden, former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and others.
The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that “this step, taken as a counter reaction, was an inevitable consequence of the extremely Russophobic course taken by the current US administration, which, in a desperate attempt to maintain American hegemony, has relied, discarding all decency, on the frontal containment of Russia.” They also added that no one refuses to maintain official relations with people from the black list, but only if it is in the national interests of the Russian Federation.
At the same time, the US Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on 15 individuals in Russia and Belarus, including representatives of the military leadership of the Russian Federation. Under the new US restrictions, including a number of deputy defense ministers of Russia.
Since 2014, the Ukrainian authorities have been conducting a military operation against the inhabitants of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état and the new government in Ukraine.
On February 17, 2022, the situation in the region escalated. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) announced a general mobilization, the evacuation of civilians to Russia and asked for help.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR, as well as treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.
On February 24, Putin announced the launch of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. Western countries that disagreed with its implementation began to introduce new anti-Russian sanctions.