New Zealand widens sanctions against Russia over Ukraine invasion

FILE PHOTO: New Zealand's Ardern speaks at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly
FILE PHOTO: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks over recorded video of the General Debate of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S. September 24, 2021. Peter Foley /Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

March 7, 2022

By Lucy Craymer

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The New Zealand government said on Monday it would introduce legislation that would allow it to impose sanctions on Russia for the first time after invading Ukraine.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the sanctions would give the country the ability to freeze Russian assets in New Zealand, prevent people and businesses from moving their money and assets here to avoid sanctions imposed by other countries, and superyachts, ships and Airplanes from entry prevent the country’s waters or airspace.

It has also released a list banning 100 people from entering New Zealand.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

(Reporting by Lucy Craymer; Editing by Christopher Cushing) New Zealand widens sanctions against Russia over Ukraine invasion

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