Biden extends sanctions against Russia for one year

8 April, 06:52 PM
Biden extended sanctions against Russia for a year (Photo:REUTERS / Erin Scott)

Biden extended sanctions against Russia for a year (Photo:REUTERS / Erin Scott)

President Joe Biden has extended for one year the state of national emergency in the United States, first introduced in April 2021 in response to Russia's harmful foreign policy, according to a letter published on the White House website on April 7. 

This allows the U.S. administration to continue imposing sanctions on Russia.

The letter specifies that the harmful international activities of the Russian leadership include efforts to undermine free and fair democratic elections and democratic institutions in the United States, its allies, and partner countries.

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Additional activities include Russia's participation and assistance in malicious cyber activities against the United States, its allies, and partners; encouragement and use of transnational corruption to influence foreign governments; extraterritorial activities targeting dissidents or journalists; undermining security in countries and regions important to U.S. national security; and violations of established principles of international law.

According to Biden, Moscow’s actions “continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States."

"For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 14024 [...] must continue in effect beyond April 15, 2023," he concluded.

The one-year extension of the national emergency also means the extension of the previous sanctions imposed by Washington against the Kremlin for the same period.

In the United States, the introduction of a national emergency allows the president to take additional measures to address a particular problem. The Congress can choose to cancel the national emergency if it deems it necessary.

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