October 3, 2023

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a marketing campaign rally for Pennsylvania’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro and Democratic Senate candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Picture/Patrick Semansky)

(Reuters) — Russia’s overseas ministry on Friday stated former President Barack Obama was amongst 500 U.S. residents who can be banned in response to the most recent spherical of sanctions introduced by Washington.

The ministry additionally stated Russia had refused the most recent U.S. request for consular entry to detained Wall Avenue Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested in March on suspicion of spying.

This transfer was triggered by the U.S. refusal final month to offer visas to media touring with International Minister Sergei Lavrov to the United Nations, it stated in a press release.

“Washington ought to have discovered a very long time in the past that not a single hostile assault on Russia will go unpunished,” it added.

Earlier on Friday america introduced punitive measures in opposition to greater than 300 targets, aiming to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and intensifying one of many harshest sanctions efforts ever applied.

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