In a headline, “U.S. sets up new Mideast naval task force amid strained Gulf ties” (Reuters), Vice Admiral Brad Cooper the fifth fleet Commander confirmed that the The U.S. Navy is establishing a new multinational task force in the Middle East.
Citing the primary reason for the move as would be targeting arms smuggling in the waters around Yemen as well as the latest American military response to Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Washington intends to reassure Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates of the US commitment to the regional stability that has otherwise been seen as deteriorating by providing additional military support.
The above declaration comes in not long after “Russia imposing sanctions on U.S. and Canadian politicians”, Interfax says
Russia is imposing tit-for-tat sanctions on 398 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 87 Canadian senators and will move against other people, Interfax news agency cited the foreign ministry as saying on Wednesday.
Moscow acted after Washington slapped sanctions on 328 members of the Russian State Duma, or lower house of parliament, on March 24 in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
The move blocked all property the 328 held in the United States and banned them from any dealings with U.S. citizens. The State Duma has a total of 450 legislators.
On the same day, 13. April 2022,
Britain said it had imposed new sanctions on 206 individuals in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including 178 who it said were involved in propping up Russian-backed breakaway regions of Ukraine.
The Foreign Office said those slapped with asset freezes and travel bans included Alexander Ananchenko and Sergey Kozlov, which it described as self-styled Prime Minister and Chair of Government of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics.