TOKYO, April 7. /TASS/. The Group of Seven (G7) countries will expand sanctions against individuals and legal entities who support Kremlin policies, according to a statement by G7 top diplomats published on Thursday.
The document notes that the G7 states "will continue and elevate our campaign against the elites and their family members who support [Russian President Vladimir] Putin" on the issue of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. "Consistent with our legal frameworks, we will impose sanctions on additional individuals and entities," the text stresses.
However, it is pointed out that the G7 countries "intensify our collective implementation and enforcement of existing measures, including by strengthening our national enforcement authorities and working with our partners to prevent "sanctions busting" through evasion, circumvention and backfilling."
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. Following this step, the West imposed large-scale sanctions against Russia. A number of Western politicians admitted that this was essentially an economic war against Russia. On March 3, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that these Western steps were "a kind of tax on independence." He said he was sure "this hysteria will soon subside" and a solution to the situation around Ukraine will be found.