Struggle in Ukraine: Russia bans 963 Individuals from getting into its territory, together with Biden, Blinken and Zuckerberg

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made this document public on its website. It mainly includes government officials, parliamentarians, but also members of civil society.

Moscow had already announced these sanctions against many of the personalities present on the list, in particular US President Joe Biden, his Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin or the CEO of Meta Mark Zuckerberg.

The list also includes Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, who has not been publicly sanctioned until now. Russian diplomacy accuses him of having recorded a video in 2017 in which he claimed that Russia was carrying out a “plot” against the United States.

“Russian counter-sanctions are necessary and aim to force the US power, which is trying to impose a neocolonial + world + order on the rest of the planet (…), to change its position and recognize new realities,” the ministry said Saturday. of Russian Foreign Affairs.

He guarantees that Moscow remains open to “honest dialogue” and distinguishes the American people from the authorities who “incite Russophobia”.

Since the offensive in Ukraine, Russian diplomacy has deprived hundreds of Anglo-Saxon personalities of entry into Russia.

On Saturday, she announced that she had taken action against 26 additional Canadians, including Sophie Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister.

Moscow evokes exchange of Ukrainian prisoners for close friend of Putin

Russia will study the possibility of exchanging fighters from the Ukrainian Azov regiment taken prisoner by Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Vladimir Putin, Russian deputy negotiator Leonid Sloutski said on Saturday. “We will study the issue,” said Sloutski, a member of the Russian delegation during the latest negotiations with Kyiv, quoted by the Ria Novosti news agency, in response to a question about such an exchange.

Speaking from the breakaway city of Donetsk in southeastern Ukraine, he said the possibility of such an exchange would be raised in Moscow by “those who have the prerogatives”.

Viktor Medvedchuk, 67, is a well-known Ukrainian politician and businessman close to the Russian president who was arrested in mid-April in Ukraine while on the run since the Kremlin offensive began in late February.

Medvedchuk has been under house arrest since May 2021 after being accused of “high treason” and “attempted looting of natural resources in Crimea”, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

On Friday, the Russian army announced that the last Ukrainian defenders of the strategic city of Mariupol, hidden for weeks in the massive Azovstal steelworks, had surrendered.

Among them are members of the Azov regiment, an ultranationalist unit the Kremlin considers “neo-Nazi” and which Kyiv hopes to release in exchange for Russian prisoners.

On May 26, Russia’s Supreme Court is due to consider a request to classify the regiment as a “terrorist organization”, which could complicate the exchange of these prisoners.

The leader of the Donetsk separatists, Denis Pushilin, said on Saturday that the Ukrainian soldiers who defended the Azovstal factory and surrendered should be prosecuted.

“I believe that the court is inevitable: justice must triumph,” said Pouchiline, quoted by Ria Novosti, during the press conference where Leonid Sloutski also spoke.

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