US announces sanctions against Kremlin-controlled media companies and bans Russia from using some American consulting services
Washington (CNN) The US announced a slate of new sanctions against Russia on Sunday, cutting off Kremlin-controlled media outlets from American advertisers and prohibiting the country from using US-provided management and accounting consulting services, according to a senior administration official and a White House fact sheet.
"We are also targeting Putin's ability to generate revenue that enables his aggression, as well as entities and their leaders who support his destructive actions."
"Putin is dishonoring those sacrifices by spreading his lies, his disinformation about the barbarism he is committing in Ukraine ...
It's really a chance to speak the truth and demonstrate our continued unity," the official said of the call.
"Taken together, today's actions are a continuation of the systematic and methodical removal of Russia from the global financial and economic system.
And the message is there will be no safe haven for the Russian economy if Putin's invasion continues," the official told reporters.
The three television networks being sanctioned by the US are Channel One Russia, Television Station Russia-1 and NTV Broadcasting Company.
Together, they received more than $300 million in advertising revenue from Western countries just last year, according to the official.
The new visa restrictions apply to "2,596 members of the Russian Federation military and 13 Belarusian military officials," the US State Department said in a statement.
In addition to the export ban on Russian industrial services, the US also sanctioned Promtekhnologiya LLC, which makes weapons, including rifles used by Russian forces in Ukraine.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will also no longer permit the export of uranium, plutonium or other nuclear-related products.
Kuleba said in a tweet that the US is preparing "new strong sanctions" against Russia, adding that the two diplomats "discussed ways on unblocking Ukraine's food exports and ways to enable global food security."