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US to impose sanctions against 500 Russian entities - Reuters

US to impose sanctions against 500 Russian entities - Reuters Photo: Deputy US Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo (Getty Images)

The United States will impose sanctions on over 500 entities on Friday, February 23, as part of measures commemorating the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, stated the Deputy US Treasury Secretary, Wally Adeyemo, in an interview with Reuters.

In an interview with the agency, the official noted that the measures taken in partnership with other countries will be aimed at the Russian military-industrial complex, as well as companies in third countries that help facilitate Russia's access to the goods it needs. According to him, Washington seeks to hold Russia accountable for the war and the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

"Tomorrow we'll release hundreds of sanctions just here in the United States, but it's important to step back and remember that it's not just America taking these actions," Adeyemo said.

According to him, the sanctions are intended to block Russia's access to goods necessary for weapons production and slow down the aggressor country's access to the revenues needed to support its economy and weapon manufacturing.

This package will be the latest among thousands of sanctions imposed by the US and its allies against Moscow after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, which led to the death of tens of thousands of people and turned entire cities into ruins.

Death of Navalny and new sanctions against Russia

On February 16, the 47-year-old Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny lost consciousness and later died in the Arctic colony Polar Wolf, where he was serving a three-year prison term.

The wife of the politician, Yulia Navalnaya, accused the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin of her husband's death.

In the US, it was confirmed that Navalny did not die naturally, and a new package of sanctions against Russia was announced this week. The new restrictions will target its defense industry and are intended to reduce its export potential.

The US State Department stated that the sanctions will have a "devastating impact."

Additionally, on February 21, the United Kingdom imposed sanctions against the leaders of the correctional colony where Navalny died.