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Amid war in Ukraine, Russia lists ‘hostile countries’, World News

As several Western nations imposed harsh sanctions on Russia, Putin’s regime released a list of “unfriendly” countries.

The list included all countries that allegedly carried out “hostile actions against Russia, its businesses and its citizens”, according to Russian news agencies.

The list includes the United States, EU countries, Canada, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, North Macedonia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand , Singapore and Taiwan.

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The other countries targeted by the Russian government are: Albania, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Micronesia and Ukraine.

The Russian government said countries on the list had either imposed sanctions or joined sanctions against the country as Putin began his “special military operation”.

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The United States had targeted Russia’s financial and aviation sectors as the EU hit Russia with sanctions as Russian forces began their military campaign on February 24.

Italy had previously frozen assets including luxury yachts and property held by Russian oligarchs. Italian police have seized the yacht of Alexei Mordashov, a metallurgy magnate believed to be close to President Putin. Another yacht belonging to billionaire Gennady Timshenko was also reportedly seized by authorities.

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The European Union has targeted more than 500 Russian individuals and entities while freezing their assets.

(With agency contributions)

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