President Obama announced further sanctions against Russia, yesterday morning, in the wake of the March 16, Sunday referendum in Crimea, in which voters approved the independence of the peninsula from the coup-installed regime in Kiev. The measures announced, yesterday, add to those previously announced in Obama’s executive order of two weeks ago, in which he declared a “national emergency” with respect to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
That order named Vladislav Surkov, a senior advisor to Russian President Putin; Sergei Glazyev, also an advisor to Putin; Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration, and Relations with Compatriots; Andrei Klishas, a member of the Federation Council (upper house of Russia’s parliament) and chairman of its Committee of Constitutional Law, Judicial, and Legal Affairs; Valentina Matviyenko, the chairman of the Federation Council; Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin; and Yelena Mizulina, a member of the State Duma. Added to the list yesterday, were Sergey Aksyonov, prime minister of Crimea and Vladimir Konstantinov, both of whom are labeled as “separatists”; Viktor Medvedchuk, leader of Ukrainian Choice, and who is allegedly “threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine,” and who is close to former President Viktor Yanukovych, who is also on the list.
In brief, the measures Obama announced, today, are:
- Sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and government of Ukraine.
- Sanctions on Russian officials, entities operating in the arms sector in Russia, and individuals who provide material support to senior officials of the Russian government. “And if Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine, we stand ready to impose further sanctions.”
- “we’re continuing our close consultations with our European partners who today in Brussels moved ahead with their own sanctions against Russia.”
- “we’ll continue to make clear to Russia that further provocations will achieve nothing, except to further isolate Russia and diminish its place in the world. The international community will continue to stand together to oppose any violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and continued Russian military intervention in Ukraine will only deepen Russia’s diplomatic isolation and exact a greater toll on the Russian economy.”
In its coverage of the new sanctions, Canada’s Vancouver Sun raised the specter of U.S. statesman Lyndon LaRouche, accurately identifying Putin advisor and co-founder of the nationalist Motherland Party, Glazyev, as having “authored many books, one of which was called Genocide: Russia and the New World Order. It was translated into English and published in the U.S. by the Lyndon LaRouche magazine Executive Intelligence Review with a preface signed by 91-year-old LaRouche.