Australia rolls out new sanctions for 110 Russian MPs and separatists


The Australian government continues to put pressure on Russian authorities after the announcement of a tranche of sanctions against Ukrainian separatists from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and another 110 people, including Russian Duma or members of parliament. increase.

Repeating Australia’s unwavering support for Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has 34 licensed Ukrainians as senior representatives of the separatists Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Council and Luhansk People’s Republic People’s Council. Said there is.

With the latest measures, the total number of individuals authorized by the Australian Government has reached 812. An additional 47 entities have been authorized.

“These individuals violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by claiming government authority over the Ukrainian region without the permission of the Ukrainian government.” DFAT said in the release May 4th.

The ministry said the two separatist republics are not “states” under international law.

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During ongoing Russian military operations in Ukraine, smoke rises from the site of the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 29, 2022. (Andrey Borodrin via Getty Images / AFP)

More than 76 members of Russia’s Duma have also been targeted by the Australian Government, with some after the DFAT voted in favor of a resolution calling on President Vladimir Putin to recognize Donetsk and Luhansk as independent regions. It states that individuals were included.

Others were chosen for supporting ratification of one or both treaties on friendship, cooperation and mutual support between the Russian Federation and the two secession areas.

DFAT also described Russia’s MP Oleg Matbeychev as “disinformation and publicity dissemination” after Matbeychev insisted that Matbeychev should pay compensation for the harm caused by economic sanctions and the war itself. I picked it out as what I called.

The latest move is for the Australian Government to add another $ 26.7 million (US $ 19.1 million), including six M777 lightweight howitzers along with ammunition to strengthen the country’s resistance to Russia’s “brutal and relentless illegality.” After announcing that it would provide considerable military assistance. Invasion.

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The Australian Government has provided six M777 155mm lightweight howitzers and a 155mm howitzer to support the Ukrainian government. April 27, in Brisbane, Australia. (Australian Defense Force, Major Roger Brennan)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defense Minister Peter Dutton said in a joint announcement on April 27, “Australia stands by the people of Ukraine and provocative, unjust and illegal invasion of Ukraine against Russia. I’m calling to stop. “

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergeń≠ Viklov has accused the United States and its allies of trying to rule the world.

Speak on Russian state television Channel 1On April 26, Viklov accused Russia of not recognizing international law or sovereign equality in all states, despite Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign territory.

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File Photo: Russian Foreign Minister Sergeń≠ Viklov attended a press conference following a meeting with President Peter Maurer of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on March 24, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.

“They are trying to divide the entire architecture that has been shaped for decades. Based on consensus, the participation of all major major players, including the United States, Russia, India, Japan, China and Australia. There is, “he said. ..

“They openly declare that they are responsible and NATO has all the right to do what it wants,” the Russian Foreign Minister said. “Secretary-General Jens Stortemberg can declare that NATO has a global responsibility for security around the world, including the Indo-Pacific region.”

Victoria Kelly Clark

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Victoria Kelly-Clark is an Australian-based reporter focusing on the national political and geopolitical environment of the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Central Asia.