Washington and London impose sanctions on Putin and Lavrov, and Russia responds

The United States of America announced today, Friday, more sanctions against Russia, and the same applies to the British government.

And White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced that the travel ban to the United States would be "part" of the sanctions that the United States decided to impose on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

She explained that "it is a normal element" in the sanctions against foreign figures, reiterating that the details of these historical sanctions against the Russian president will be revealed at a later time.

Psaki stressed that the United States would follow the lead of the European Union and Britain and impose sanctions on Putin and Lavrov.

She said that the United States also considers that if the Russian forces, which have invaded Ukraine since dawn on Thursday, tried to target Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, it would be a "terrible act."

Meanwhile, US State Department spokesman Ned Price announced that the United States does not believe that Kiev should accept Moscow's offer to start negotiations with it, because holding talks under threat "is not real diplomacy."

"We see that Moscow is proposing that diplomacy take place in light of the threat of weapons, at a time when Moscow targets civilians with its bombs, missiles and artillery (...) This is not real diplomacy," the spokesman added.

For its part, the British government announced on Friday the freezing of assets belonging to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Treasury said it had added Putin and Lavrov to the list of entities and individuals it had sanctioned for their role in "destabilizing Ukraine" and "threatening its territorial integrity."

For her part, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry considered that the imposition of Western sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, is an indication of the “impotence” of the Westerners.

"The sanctions against the president and the foreign minister of the country are an example and proof of the absolute impotence of your foreign policy," Maria Zakharova told Russian television, addressing Western countries.

On relations with Washington and Western countries, she added, "We have reached the borders beyond which the point of no return begins."


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