A senior U.S. administration official said the government plans to introduce steps to ‘economically isolate’ Russia to weaken its ability to wage war. The U.S. official added that all G-7 members are preparing to implement a fresh batch of export controls. That will include adding 70 entities to the U.S.
commerce blacklist and more than 300 new sanctions against individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft.
“These will go after financial facilitators, as well as future energy and extractive capabilities of Russia and other actors helping to support the war,” said the official, adding the sanctions will span Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Banned diamonds imposed more sanctions on Russia under a legislation to be introduced later in the year. “The U.K. is today announcing a ban on Russian diamonds, an industry worth $4 billion in exports in 2021, as well as imports of Russian-origin copper, aluminium and nickel,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said in a Friday release. headtopics.com
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaking to political journalists on board a government plane as he heads to Japan to attend the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, on May 17, 2023.
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