Australia imposes new sanctions on Russia

Australia imposes new sanctions on Russia

The Australian government has introduced new restrictive measures against 45 Russian individuals and legal entities in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

That's according to a statement issued by Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Ukrinform reports.

"Today's sanctions underline Australia's commitment to working with partners to maintain pressure on Russia and those supporting its illegal and immoral war. Australia's sanctions regime against Russia reflects our support for the people of Ukraine and for its sovereignty and territorial integrity," she said.

According to the statement, the sanctions target 35 entities in Russia's defense, technology and energy sectors, and 10 individuals, including Russian ministers and senior officials, and senior military personnel in Belarus.

The sanctions imposed today are directed at entities and individuals of economic and strategic significance to Russia, including Russian companies supplying advanced technology, electronics and equipment to the Russian Armed Forces, Russian entities involved in nuclear energy and Arctic resource extraction, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Belousov and Deputy Prime Minister Chernyshenko, Major Russian defense entities, including Russia's largest producer of military helicopters and its CEO, as well as senior Belarusian military officials who have threatened Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Australia has already taken action to impose costs on Russia and has sanctioned more than 1,100 individuals and entities supporting the invasion of Ukraine.

On July 17, the UK government announced 14 new sanctions in response to Russia's attempts to destroy Ukrainian national identity, including 11 against those involved in the forced deportation of Ukrainian children.

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