May 29, 2023
New Zealand
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New Zealand authorities have expanded sanctions against Russia. The restrictions affected 18 organizations from the Russian Federation and nine Russians. This was announced on Wednesday, May 3, by the head of the New Zealand Foreign Ministry, Nanaya Mahuta.

According to her, the sanctions apply to the top leaders of the FSB of the Russian Federation, as well as to other Russian individuals and legal entities that develop and purchase weapons, technologies and communication systems, provide transport and insurance services. About it says in a New Zealand government press release.

Cabinet Minister Chris Hipkins also announced the expansion of humanitarian, legal and economic support for Ukraine. Over the past year, New Zealand has provided more than $78 million in financial and military support to Kiev, he said. In addition, the country has imposed sanctions on more than 1,500 Russian and Belarusian individuals and legal entities, Hipkins said.

In early May, the Ukrainian President discussed with the Prime Minister of New Zealand support for Kyiv. He thanked Hipkins for participating in the training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

New Zealand has been actively supporting Kyiv since the beginning of the Russian special operation. At the end of 2022, it was reported that the authorities of this country approved another package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. The restrictions affected, among other things, 23 representatives of the Russian media.

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