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Following the actions of the European Union and Canada, the United States is blocking the use of its airspace for all flights originating in Russia by Russian operators and/or aircraft. As with countries in Europe, the Biden administration assumes that political pressure on Vladimir Putin will generate consequences.
U.S. airlines have already suspended flights to Russia, as well as commercial agreements with Russian companies. Delta is the first to pause all agreements with SkyTeam partner Aeroflot. Subsequently, American Airlines also does the same with its interline agreements with that airline and also with its oneworld partner S7, also preventing customers from making use of the respective loyalty programs. Alaska Airlines also confirms a pause in its relationship with S7.
Cargo operations are also compromised. FedEx and UPS have suspended flights to Russia since March 1. The measure directly affects the supply chain and shipments, which will undoubtedly translate into higher prices in the coming days.
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U.S. citizens are “strongly advised” to avoid travel to Russia, the U.S. Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The decision is explained by “the possibility of harassment of U.S. citizens,” particularly by Russian police, and “arbitrary enforcement of local laws,” it said.
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The sanctions target several prominent Russian elites and government officials, including businessman God Nisanov, described by Secretary of State Antony Blinken as “one of the richest men in Europe and a close associate of several Russian officials,” and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
“President Putin’s war against Ukraine is also an attack on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, enshrined in the UN Charter. Ukraine is fighting valiantly to defend its people and its independence with unprecedented assistance from the United States and countries around the world. The United States will continue to stand with the Ukrainian people, while promoting the accountability of President Putin and those who enable Russian aggression,” Blinken said in a statement announcing the sanctions.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control identified two yachts, the “Russian-flagged Graceful and the Cayman Islands-flagged Olympia,” as “blocked assets in which President Vladimir Putin has an interest. “Advertisement
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In a statement, the U.S. State Department reported an update in the status of Russia and Ukraine regarding travel recommendations for those countries, which from now on includes the warning that any American can be targeted by the Russians.
The White House on Tuesday ruled out that President Joe Biden, had spoken to his European allies about his controversial comment in which he said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” after the invasion launched against Ukraine.
During a speech last week in Poland, Ukraine’s neighboring country that has received the most refugees from the Russian invasion, Biden stated that Putin “cannot stay in power,” but the White House later qualified that he was not calling for “regime change” in Russia.
Biden explained Monday already in Washington that his comment was a “personal” opinion expressing “moral outrage” over the invasion, but he was “not articulating a change in policy” of the U.S. toward Russia.