Washington imposes new sanctions on Moscow at the G7 summit in Hiroshima

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A new US sanctions were announced Friday targeting Russia as part of the G7 summit’s efforts in Japan to tighten the screws on Moscow, according to a senior US official.

“All G7 member states are preparing to impose new sanctions and export restrictions,” US official told reporters in Hiroshima, who he asked his name not to be revealed.

The US official didn’t discuss the plans of the other members of the group, but together with a essential US package of sanctions they would “make it difficult for Russia to maintain its war machine”.

The US official added that the US measures would aim to significantly restrict Russia’s access to products important to its combat capabilities.

The US official revealed that about 70 entities in Russia and other countries that he didn’t specify will be prevented from receiving US exports.

It will also impose about 300 new penalties on individuals, entities, ships and aircraft.

The targeted entities are spread across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Aware that Russia is working hard to circumvent the sanctions, the official said the US measures would make sure to close evasion loopholes.

Meanwhile, the Chinese special envoy to Ukraine, Li Hui, on Thursday concluded a two-day visit in Kiev to discuss a solution to the conflict.

The Ukrainian presidency did not want to confirm a meeting between the diplomat and Volodymyr Zelensky, but Beijing confirmed in a statement that the meeting took place between them without further details.

Without any surprises, the Chinese special envoy’s visit appears to have made no breakthrough.

Li Hui will visit Poland on Friday, then Germany, France and Russia in the following days.

At the United Nations, the UN Security Council meets Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine on the eve of the start of the G7 summit.

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