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The White House has mocked the imposition of Russian sanctions on Joe Biden and other top US officials.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, suggested the Kremlin had mistakenly sanctioned the US president’s late father after they dropped the “junior” suffix from his name.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, a longtime foe of Vladimir Putin, reacted to the sanction by issuing a brief Oscar-style acceptance speech on Twitter.
She wrote: “I want to thank the Russian Academy for this Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The full name of the President of the United States is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
Ms. Psaki, who was also among those sanctioned, said: “President Biden is a ‘young man,’ so they may have sanctioned his dad, may he rest in peace.”
He added: “None of us are planning tourist trips to Russia, none of us have bank accounts that we can’t access, so we’ll go ahead.”
In all, Moscow sanctioned 13 senior US officials, barring them from entering Russia, in a reciprocal response to US sanctions.
The measures also applied to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said: “It is the consequence of the extremely Russophobic policy pursued by the current US administration.”
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US has already banned Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in addition to imposing sanctions that have largely cut off Russia financially from the rest of the world.
Russia also put on its “block list” the top US general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and CIA Director William Burns.
Moscow also sanctioned Hunter Biden, the president’s son.
And he also added Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the list.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said it would soon announce additional sanctions against other “Russophobic” US officials, military officers, lawmakers, businessmen and media personalities.
See: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and top White House officials banned from entering Russia
Moscow did not specify the exact nature of the measures, calling them “personal sanctions” and a “block list.”
He said that they were based on “the principle of reciprocity”.
In the symbolic move, he also sanctioned US Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh, US Agency for International Development Director Samantha Power, Treasury Deputy Secretary Adewale Adeyemo, and to the director of the US Export-Import Bank, Reta Jo Lewis.
It seemed that the Russians would continue to talk to high-ranking American officials whom he sanctioned.
Ms Psaki said: “I think we are confident that if we need to have direct and indirect talks with Russia, we will be able to do that.”