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Russia Publishes an Official List of States it Deems ‘Unfriendly’ to it

Russian citizens and companies must apply for a special permit to deal with “unfriendly” foreign entities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to award prize winners of an international judo tournament on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 12, 2018. (photo credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERS)
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to award prize winners of an international judo tournament on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 12, 2018. (photo credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERS)

A list of foreign states that Russia considers as having committed “unfriendly actions” against “Russia, Russian companies and citizens” was published on the Russian government’s website on Monday.

The countries, international organizations and territories considered “unfriendly” include: “Australia, Albania, Andorra, United Kingdom, including Jersey, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Canada, Liechtenstein, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, San Marino, North Macedonia, Singapore, USA, Taiwan, Ukraine, Montenegro, Switzerland, Japan.”

Russia lists Taiwan as being part of China.

A complementary item of legislation from Sunday states that Russian citizens and companies must apply for a special permit to deal with “unfriendly” foreign entities. 

The list was created as part of a series of  laws to follow a Saturday decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin for  “temporary economic measures to ensure the financial stability of the Russian Federation.”

Part of the measures the list was to enforce was the law that allows Russian citizens, companies and state bodies to pay back foreign creditors in rubles. 

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