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Russia blocks key Biden Cabinet officials from entering in retaliation for sanctions


The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday announced that eight top U.S. intelligence officials, including several members of President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: ‘It’s time to pull out the troops’ MORE’s Cabinet, were banned from entering Russia in retaliation for recent U.S. sanctions levied on the nation. 

Those banned from entry include Cabinet members Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasProgressive lawmakers press DHS chief on immigration detention Hillicon Valley: Intel leaders push for breach notification law | Coinbase goes public House Republicans raise concerns about new Chinese tech companies MORE, Director of National Intelligence Avril HainesAvril HainesOvernight Defense: Administration says ‘low to moderate confidence’ Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | ‘Low to medium risk’ of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing Overnight Defense: Biden officially rolls out Afghanistan withdrawal plan | Probe finds issues with DC Guard helicopter use during June protests MORE and Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandOvernight Defense: Biden officially rolls out Afghanistan withdrawal plan | Probe finds issues with DC Guard helicopter use during June protests Duckworth asks DOJ to probe ‘brazenly violent’ police treatment of National Guard officer Biden’s court-packing theater could tame the Supreme Court’s conservatives MORE

Other Biden administration officials barred beginning Friday were FBI Director Christopher Wray, Domestic Policy Council Director Susan RiceSusan RiceInterior Department to reconvene council on Native American issues The Hill’s 12:30 Report: What the J&J vaccine pause means for COVID pandemic The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Tax March – Biden, lawmakers start down a road with infrastructure MORE and Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal. Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, who served during the Clinton administration, and John BoltonJohn BoltonThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Tax March – US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Bipartisan lawmakers signal support for Biden cybersecurity picks On North Korea, Biden should borrow from Trump’s Singapore declaration MORE, former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says ‘low to moderate confidence’ Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | ‘Low to medium risk’ of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE’s national security adviser, were also barred from entering Russia. 

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in announcing the action that the officials were barred in response to the Biden administration’s sanctions levied last month as a result of the Russian poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. 

“Taking into account the unprecedented nature of the complications provoked by Washington in Russian-American relations, it was decided to deviate from the usual practice not to ‘highlight’ countermeasures publicly undertaken by the Russian side,” the ministry said in a statement

The move to ban the current and former officials also comes the day after Biden signed an executive order levying further sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the SolarWinds hack, which compromised at least nine federal agencies, and for interfering in U.S. elections.

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