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World Leaders Impose Sanctions On Russia While China Accuses USA And Allies

World Leaders Impose Sanctions On Russia While China Accuses USA And Allies

World leaders Thursday condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “barbaric” and quickly slapped heavy sanctions on the Russian economy, President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and many of the country’s oligarchs.

U.S. President Joe Biden declared:

Putin chose this war, and now he and his country will bear the consequences.

The United States, the 27-nation European Union and other Western allies announced sanctions against Russian banks and leading companies and imposed export controls aimed at starving the country’s industries and military of semiconductors and other high-tech products.

The invasion initially sent stocks slumping and oil prices surging on fears of higher costs for food and fuel.

The West and its allies showed no inclination to send troops into Ukraine and risk a wider war on the continent. But NATO reinforced its member states in Eastern Europe as a precaution against an attack on them, too. Said NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg:

Make no mistake: We will defend every ally against any attack on every inch of NATO territory.

In the meantime, countries began taking steps to isolate Moscow in hopes of forcing it to pay so high a price that it changes course.

Biden, for now, held off imposing some of the most severe sanctions, including cutting Russia out of the SWIFT payment system, which allows for the transfers of money from bank to bank around the globe.

Ukraine’s president called for Russia to be cast out of SWIFT, but the U.S. has expressed concern about the potential damage to European economies.

EU leaders held an emergency summit and agreed on sanctions that cover, among other things, the financial, energy and transport sectors and various Russian individuals. In a statement, the leaders said the measures will have “massive and severe consequences” for Russia.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced financial restrictions and export controls. In addition, Britain will also prohibit Russia’s flagship airline, Aeroflot, from landing at British airports.

Canada imposed sanctions that will target 58 people and entities, including members of Russia’s elite and their families, the paramilitary Wagner Group, major Russian banks, and members of the Russian Security Council, including key cabinet ministers.

In the days before the attack, Germany suspended approval of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia.

The new U.S. sanctions also targeted the military and financial institutions of Belarus, Ukraine’s neighbor to the north. Russia is using Belarus as a staging ground for troop movements into Ukraine.

Separately, the U.N. Security Council is expected to vote Friday on a resolution condemning Russia and demanding the immediate withdrawal of all its forces. But Moscow is certain to veto it.

China accused the United States and its allies of worsening the crisis and “called on parties to respect others’ legitimate security concerns.”

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that “all parties should work for peace instead of escalating the tension or hyping up the possibility of war.”

China went further and approved imports of wheat from Russia, a move that could reduce the impact of Western sanctions. Russia, one of the biggest wheat producers, would be vulnerable if foreign markets were closed off.

Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to this report.


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17 Comments

hazvidi hasha 2 months ago

Russia ngaidzore Ukraine hatidi vanhu vanofarira vatogwa kudarika hamadzavo


2 months ago


Robber 2 months ago

President we Ukraine arikuti ma sanctions ega haa mise Russia ende iye Putin haasi kumbo vhunduka nazvo.aifunga NATO ichamubatsira manje asiiwa pachena


Wiseman 2 months ago

NATO haibatsire ma countries asiri ma members ayo. Let that sink in

Headless chicken 2 months ago

Hondo ngayienderere mberi tukuda kuona kwazvinoperera togara taziwa mukuru ndiyani.Russia ndiye akatanga kupwanya zamhu ramhamha Ukraine ngadzorerewo

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🙄 2 months ago

Belarus involved as well in Ukraine...the one fueling ZUPCO crisis by providing zvimabhazi zvisina dhiri nxaaaa.


Francis Mhike Mutema 2 months ago

Rovanai sterek hatibati


Truth 2 months ago

This war shall benefit China more. They want to be the world's biggest economy by far and the war is delivering the vision on a silver platter. They'll continue trade with Russia and already they have a grip on Africa. Surely the West wont go after China because crippling China and Russia at the same time will cripple their own economies. Nice moves from China there from my own POV.


Zimbo 2 months ago

China is very very selfish vatoona ma opportunities ekuwana ma Ruasian contracts ipapa. Chinese are snakes they deserve Xenophobia, ipapa vakusimbisa Russia asi kana yavekumamiswa ne America uchaona kuti china will go quiet

Truth 2 months ago

While on the other hand we should take note that Russia and China are not darlings. Its only a matter of time that they shall fight. They only have one thing in common stopping The States from total dominance.

Ten Tin 2 months ago

Ngari Import wheat from Russia


Zvazvanga zvingori 2 months ago

These sanctions were going to affect Zimbabwe as well especially pawheat since we only harvest wheat once in a year,that is November and it only last 3 months then we start importing again for the next 9 months from Russia and Canada.Now we can get wheat from Russia through China then Zimbabwe at a cost as it stands.If it works togona kunamwa chimwe chisanction chekuita aid Russia but apa inyaya ye****u,yechingwa nemabuns yatinenge tokuvarira


Citizens of zim 2 months ago

Haaa musavhundutswe nemove reChina bcz is there alliance with Russia


RG Mugabe 2 months ago

An Alliance is possible apo

Zvazvanga zvingori 2 months ago

These sanctions were going to affect Zimbabwe as well especially pawheat since we only harvest wheat once in a year,that is November and it only last 3 months then we start importing again for the next 9 months from Russia and Canada.Now we can get wheat from Russia through China then Zimbabwe at a cost as it stands.If it works togona kunamwa chimwe chisanction chekuita aid Russia but apa inyaya ye****u,yechingwa nemabuns yatinenge tokuvarira


Tops 2 months ago

Ka pa fuel panenyaya futi this war is going to affect alot of things

Happy life 2 months ago

But slowly togona kunanga 🌍 war manje


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