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Australia hits Russia with new sanctions for invasion of Ukraine



Australia has unveiled a raft of new sanctions against Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine, a move the federal government said is aimed at slowing Vladimir Putin's war machine.

Included in the new measures is a ban on exporting machinery to Russia and Russian-controlled areas.

Sanctions have also been placed on Russia's state-owned atomic body, Rosatom, and the entity established to take over Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest of its kind in Europe.

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addresses the media in New Delhi before boarding his flight to the US.

In total, three people and 21 companies are targeted by the new measures.

"This action targets sectors of economic and strategic significance to Russia," Foreign Minister Penny Wong said.

"This includes the financial, energy, defence and metals sectors that aid and sustain Russia's war in Ukraine.

"Russia cannot be allowed to infringe upon another country's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

The sanctions come as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese arrived in Japan for the G7 summit in Hiroshima, the site where the world's first nuclear attack killed hundreds of thousands.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 24, 2023.

Albanese said the location of this year's summit drew added attention to the need to avoid atomic conflict.

"Australia is deeply committed to a world without nuclear weapons and I am personally very committed to that task as well," he said.

"We know the consequences because we see them right here.

"And in recent times, with Vladimir Putin's irresponsible threatening of the use of nuclear weapons, it's a reminder that the world has to be vigilant and we have to step up the campaign against nuclear weapons."

While Australia is not part of the G7, Albanese is there as a guest for a number of meetings with other nations.

That includes a short gathering of fellow Quad members the USA, India and Japan, following the cancellation of next week's scheduled meeting in Sydney, which was scuppered by the forced withdrawal of United States President Joe Biden.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is also expected to appear at the G7 meeting as a guest.

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