Russia announces sanctions of US officials; Kamala Harris doesn’t make the cut, but Hillary and Hunter do

Russia announced on Tuesday that it has sanctioned a number of current and former U.S. officials in yet another salvo related to Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

What stands out among the list is not only who was on it, but also who was excluded, chief among those left off being Vice President Kamala Harris. Former President Donald Trump also failed to make the cut.

Included on the list are President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Even Hunter Biden, who made a small fortune sitting on the board of a Ukraine gas company while his father served as vice president under Obama, made the cut.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the sanctions on Twitter: “In response to a series of unprecedented sanctions prohibiting, among other things, entry into the United States for top Russian officials, effective March 15 this year, the Russian ‘stop list’ includes @JoeBiden, @SecBlinken and a number of other American figures on the basis of reciprocity.”

The move is seen as a counter to severe financial sanctions imposed on Russia that could result in Moscow defaulting on its debts in the near future, according to experts. Putin and his inner circle were also targeted, freezing their assets and barring their entry into the U.S. and other countries.

Clinton, the architect of the 2009 reset of U.S.-Russia relations, responded to being included on the list in a tweet: “I want to thank the Russian Academy for this Lifetime Achievement Award.”

It’s difficult to forget the epic moment Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red reset button on a black base with the Russian word “peregruzka” emblazoned on top.

“We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?” Clinton said, amid a room full of reporters, only to have Lavrov reply, “You got it wrong,” explaining that the word used meant “overcharge.”

The Russian list made for plenty of online commentary here’s a sampling of some of those responses from Twitter:


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