Australian journey bans and focused monetary sanctions towards Russian President Vladimir Putin and senior members of his authorities at the moment are in impact, the nation’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed in an announcement Monday.
“From midnight final evening, Australian focused monetary sanctions and journey bans got here into impact on the Russian President and remaining everlasting members of Russia’s Safety Council: Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and Inner Affairs Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev,” an announcement from Morrison’s workplace mentioned.
“It’s exceedingly uncommon to designate a head of state and displays the depth of our considerations. President Putin joins a really small group that features Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Mu’ammar Gaddafi of Libya, and Bashar al-Assad of Syria,” it continued.
The Australian authorities has additionally dedicated to offering deadly and non-lethal navy tools, medical provides, and monetary help to assist Ukraine, in addition to contributing US $3 million to NATO’s Belief Fund for Ukraine.
“Particulars of Australia’s contribution of deadly navy tools are being labored by way of with our companions and will probably be introduced quickly,” Morrison’s workplace mentioned.
The Morrison authorities had beforehand solely dedicated to sending non-lethal navy tools to Ukraine.
Australia has now sanctioned greater than 350 Russian people and 13 Belarusian people and entities together with Belarusian Minister of Defence Viktor Khrenin, since Russia invaded Ukraine final week.
The US, together with the European Fee (EC), France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and Canada, introduced on Saturday they might expel sure Russian banks from SWIFT, the high-security monetary community that services the sleek and speedy switch of cash globally.
On Monday, Morrison’s workplace mentioned Australia would “take complementary steps as required,” to dam Russia’s entry to SWIFT.