RUSSIA: According to sanctions against Russia related to the crisis in Ukraine, Australia will not prohibit Russian tourists from entering the nation, according to Defence Minister Richard Marles on Sunday.
Since the commencement of the conflict, the country has imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and organizations, including the majority of the Russian banking industry and all organizations accountable for the nation’s sovereign debt.
While forbidding the sale of alumina and aluminium ores, including bauxite, to Russia, it has also provided Ukraine with defence equipment and humanitarian aid.
Marles responded that sanctions were directed at Russia’s government and “not the Russian people themselves” when asked if Australia would also exclude Russian tourists.
After a recent request from the Ukrainian ambassador to Australia, Marles refused to be drawn on whether the country will give Ukraine more Bushmasters and other protected vehicles.
In July, the sovereign country committed 60 Bushmasters and 28 M113AS4 armoured vehicles to Ukraine as part of a $385 million military aid package.
Marles stated that Australia’s agreement to build nuclear-powered submarines for the AUKUS alliance, which includes the United States, Britain, and Australia, remained “on track” on Sunday.
Earlier, the country imposed autonomous sanctions in relation to Russia in response to the Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. They were first imposed in 2014 and extended in 2015 and 2022.