By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: United States

At a glance

Initial Imposition of EU sanctions & Subsequent Amendments

These sanctions are relatively unique in that they are not imposed against the USA, per se, but rather to protect EU individuals and businesses from the extra-territorial effect of US laws regarding carrying out business in Iran, Libya and Cuba.

The measures began in 1996 and empowered Member States to take measures to protect the interests of the relevant individuals and businesses.

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Russia adds US and Canada citizens to sanctions list

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has added 200 US and 100 Canadian citizens to its sanctions list. Press release & Press release.  These include journalists, academics, senators, lobbyists, government Ministers, and their children and spouses, including Charlene Austin, wife of US Minister of Defence and Paul Pelosi, the husband of the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy …

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Iran imposes reciprocal sanctions on US, EU, UK & Canadian citizens & entities

In response to sanctions adopted by the US, EU, UK and Canada following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini and violence against those protesting her death, as well as the provision of Iranian weapons to the Russian army, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced its own reciprocal sanctions. See here for sanctions on US people and entities, here …

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China announces sanctions on Boeing Defense & Raytheon CEOs

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the imposition of sanctions on Gregory J. Hayes, chairman and CEO of Raytheon Technologies Corp., and Theodore Colbert III, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. The sanctions respond to the US State Department’s recent approval of arms sales worth $1.1 billion to Taiwan. See Defence Security Cooperation Agency Press …

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China sanctions Nancy Pelosi over visit to Taiwan

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has announced the imposition of sanctions on Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family members following her recent visit to Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry said that the visit constituted “a gross interference in China’s internal affairs”. China has also responded to the visit by blocking the import of certain food …

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Russia imposes travel bans on 61 US citizens

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced travel bans on a further 61 US citizens on Monday (6 June 2022), in response to US sanctions on the country and US allegations of malicious Russian cyber activity. Among those targeted are US officials (including Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen) and businesspeople who operate within the media, finance, aviation and shipping industries. See …

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Current Sanctions

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