The President of the United States of America (USA), Joe Biden, has announced a ban on Russia-affiliated ships in US ports after meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Washington.
As part of further sanctions, US President Joe Biden said the US will ban Russia-affiliated vessels from US ports
President Biden’s move follows that of European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who announced a port ban on Russian vessels citing ’atrocities’ of the Russian war in Ukraine.
“Today, I’m announcing the United States will ban Russia-affiliated ships from our ports, as they did in Europe,” President Biden said in remarks following his meeting with the Ukrainian Prime Minister.
“That means no ship — no ship that sails under the Russian flag or that is owned or operated by Russian interests will be allowed to dock in a United States port or access our shores. None. None,” President Biden said.
The US president said the move is “another critical step” with partners in the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada and beyond “to deny Russia the benefits of the international economic system they so enjoyed in the past”.
President Biden said the US Treasury had enacted further sanctions and related measures to enforce sanctions.
The US Government has provided US$1Bn in support to Ukraine over the last two months, the president said.
New EU sanctions against Russia include a port ban.
Announcing the sanctions, President von der Leyen said the “ban on Russian vessels and Russia-operated vessels from accessing EU ports” came in response to Russia’s “cruel and ruthless war” against Ukraine.
The UK announced a ban on Russia-linked vessels coming into its ports in early March but has been slow in setting out clear directions on how to implement the ban, pushing responsibility on to port authorities to identify and refuse vessels even when highly complex ownership structures can make isolating ties to Russian interests difficult.
The European Commission has proposed a draft plan to make Europe independent of Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030,” starting with gas, in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The draft plan was announced in early March on the same day the US committed to a total embargo on Russian energy and the UK announced a phase-out of Russian oil and gas to be complete by the end of 2022.
Both US and UK imports of Russian energy supplies make up a far smaller percentage than those taken by the EU.
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