In a statement on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the ban on the entry of 500 US citizens, including former President Obama. The ministry said this decision is against the ban imposed by the Joe Biden administration. Apart from Obama, prominent people on this list include three popular US TV hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers. Among the sanctions issued are CNN anchor Erin Burnett, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and Joe Scarborough. Several US senators and members of Congress have also been banned from entering Russia.
The sanctions have also been enforced against US citizens who are anti-Russian, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Also, those who are involved in the supply of weapons to Ukraine during the military operation have also been put on the list of sanctions. After the sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a threat to America. If sanctions are imposed against Russia, Moscow is warned not to talk.
Incidentally, on Friday i.e. May 19, America imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and organizations as a punishment for the military attack on Ukraine. Within a few hours of that, Moscow was on the way to reimposing sanctions. It should be noted that Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in February last year. Western powers, including the US, imposed a series of sanctions to pressure Russia economically, protesting Russian aggression. At that time, Putin’s country also issued counter-bans.
The issue of sanctions and counter-sanctions by the two world powers comes at a time when the Kremlin accused the US of drone attacks a few days ago. Moscow claimed that the US-backed drone strike was aimed at killing Putin. However, the White House rejected Russia’s claim.