The Australian minister said the new sanctions reaffirm “a clear and unequivocal support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”.
Bishop’s statement says Australia continues urging Russia to fulfill its international liabilities, including the duties of permanent UN SC member, in maintaining international peace and security.
A source in Australia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told ITAR-TASS that the list of sanctioned people, who were banned from entering the country, wouldn’t be published, and the names would be announced only after the legislative act stipulating the rules of introducing sanctions is amended.
According to the ministry’s spokesperson, this is made to avoid the risk of siphoning off funds from Australia.
Medvedev expressed confidence that these steps were not critical for Russian economy. “None of these scenarios is catastrophic for the economy of our country, although some restrictions might be of course rather painful,” the prime minister noted. “There is no doubt that such a country as Russia is able to withstand absolutely all kind of sanctions or the so-called sanctions,” he stressed.