Ambassador McKee Announces US Sanctions On Russia

As the world watches closely on the situation between Russia and Ukraine, the US has announced plans to cripple Russia’s financial economy.

US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Erin McKee announced the sanctions to the PNG media this morning adding that NATO and its friends are united more than ever.

“The United States and our allies, partners and friends are taking action to hold Russia accountable.

“The US, United Kingdom, European Union, Japan and Canada have removed selected Russian Banks from the ‘swift messaging system” and have imposed restrictive measures on the Russian central Bank.

She also relayed recent announcement by US President, Joe Biden imposing financial sanctions and stringent export controls that will damage the Russian Economy and cripple their access to innovative technology.

“We will limit Russia’s ability to do business in dollars and stop Russia’s ability to financial and grow its military and we will impair Russia’s ability to compete in the global economy”, she added.

Ambassador McKee also announced that the US is coordinating with oil producing, consuming countries, and energy companies to look into the current supply energy to the market situation, particularly as prices increase.

In the recent Parliament sitting, Prime Minister James Marape said the PNG Government is monitoring the conflict between Russia and Ukraine adding that it will affect the country’s economy.

Jemimah Sukbat