March 30, 2023

PAYBACK: Russia just retaliated with sanctions on U.S. officials. Hillary Clinton’s reply is priceless

PAYBACK: Russia just retaliated with sanctions on U.S. officials. Hillary Clinton's reply is priceless

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With an economy in free fall thanks to the international sanctions placed upon it after the invasion of Ukraine, Russia is seeking to retaliate with a raft of sanctions on American political figures including President Joe Biden, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The sanctions were announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry in a Facebook post.

The gesture is largely symbolic given that it’s unlikely that any of the people on the sanctions list had any sizeable financial holdings in Russia or were planning on going there for a vacation anytime soon.

Responding to the sanctions, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a press briefing today that since President Biden is officially named Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., Russia may have inadvertently sanctioned the president’s deceased father rather than the Bien himself and downplayed the effects of Putin’s retaliatory move.

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The most amusing reaction to the sanctions, however, came from Hillary Clinton, who has no formal role in the current administration and seemed to be targeted primarily for old times’ sake.

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With no luxury yachts parked in Russian marinas, no exorbitantly expensive real estate holdings in the country, and no significant investments in Russian businesses, the American targets of Putin’s latest retaliatory sanctions don’t seem like they will suffer as much as the Russian oligarchs and political officials who have had their enormous yachts seized or their pricey London residences occupied by protestors enraged by the invasion of Ukraine.

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The disparity in the effects of the countries’ mutual sanctions demonstrates that Vladimir Putin has little he can do besides threatening nuclear annihilation and mutually assured destruction to counter the international isolation that his actions have engendered.

Unfortunately, the people of Ukraine will continue to suffer the deadly results of Russia’s continued aggression, something that is no laughing matter, no matter how risible Putin’s pitiful attempts at payback may be.

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Original reporting by Melissa Quinn at CBS News.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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