By Maegan Vazquez, CNN

Russia on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a wide range of US officials, including President Joe Biden, marking a further escalation in tensions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the West as Russian military forces continue their invasion of Ukraine. .

According to a statement released Tuesday by the Russian Foreign Ministry, the government is adding the following people to a “ban list”, barring them from entering Russia: Biden, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, Biden National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, CIA Director William Burns, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Deputy Advisor National Security Daleep Singh, USAID Director Samantha Power, Assistant Treasury Secretary Adewale Adeyemo and US Export-Import Bank President Reta Jo Lewis.

The “shutdown list” also includes other non-governmental individuals, including the president’s son, Hunter Biden, and former US presidential candidate and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

The move is largely symbolic as it seems unlikely members of the Biden administration will visit Russia anytime soon as the United States and its allies move to punish Putin and members of Russia’s elites for invading Russia. ‘Ukraine. Biden and his administration have ruled out possible meetings with Putin and questioned whether he was seriously interested in a diplomatic solution to the war.

The Foreign Office said the sanctions were a response to sanctions issued by the United States in recent weeks, which were part of the West’s broader tactics to counter Russia’s military actions in Ukraine.

The statement called the sanctions “an inevitable consequence of the extremely Russophobic course taken by the current US administration, which, in a desperate attempt to maintain US hegemony, has relied, in defiance of all decency, on restricting front of Russia”.

The Russian government has suggested further sanctions should follow, with the blacklist expected to expand to include “senior US officials, military officials, lawmakers, business people, experts and journalists who are Russophobic or contribute to incite hatred towards Russia and the introduction of restrictive measures”. measures.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also relayed in its press release that the Russian government “does not refuse to maintain official relations if they meet our national interests, and, if necessary, we will solve the problems related to the status of the people who appear on the ‘blacklist'”. in order to organize high-level contacts.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested the restrictions won’t have much of an impact on their intended targets, telling reporters at Tuesday’s press conference: “It won’t come as a surprise to anyone. Between you that none of us are planning tourist trips to Russia, none of us have bank accounts that we won’t be able to access, so we’ll move on.

Asked if the new sanctions signal an escalation by Russia, Psaki said the United States is “confident” that US officials “will have the ability” to have direct and indirect conversations. with Russia.

The sanctions, the Foreign Ministry said in its statement, were applied in coordination with other decisions “to protect the Russian economy and ensure its sustainable development”. Russia, meanwhile, is signaling that it could soon default on its debt.

Half of the country’s foreign exchange reserves – about $315 billion – have been frozen by Western sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Sunday. As a result, Moscow will reimburse creditors of “hostile countries” in rubles until sanctions are lifted, he said.

Rating agencies would likely consider Russia to be in default if Moscow did not pay or redeem debt issued in dollars or euros with other currencies such as the ruble or Chinese yuan. A default could drive the few remaining foreign investors out of Russia and further isolate the country’s crumbling economy.

The default could come as early as Wednesday, when Moscow will have to pay $117 million in interest on dollar-denominated government bonds, according to JPMorgan Chase.

Russia has also asked for economic and military aid from China, which remained particularly aloof during the invasion of Ukraine, according to conversations CNN has had with two US officials. But it is unclear whether China intends to help Russia, and both countries have denied that Russia has requested it.

Russia also announced on Tuesday that it was banning Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly and Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand from entering the country, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted on Tuesday. Foreign Affairs.

The Foreign Ministry announced the restrictions on Canadian officials shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky practically addressed the Canadian parliament.

Russia’s actions come amid several new US sanctions against Russian leaders and its allied leaders. The United States has sanctioned Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who allied with Russia in its war against Ukraine, along with a number of other Russians, including a judge, for human rights violations , according to the US Treasury Department. Additionally, the Biden administration has targeted 11 Russian military leaders, some of whom have been implicated in the crackdown on Russian protesters and dissent in occupied areas of Ukraine.

In recent weeks, the United States has issued a series of sanctions against Russia, which notably target Putin, his entourage, Russian oligarchs, the Russian banking sector, as well as technological development.

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CNN’s Kylie Atwood, Charles Riley and Zachary B. Wolf contributed to this report.