New York says ‘nyet’ to enterprise with Russian entities over Ukraine conflict
If you may make it right here, you’ll not help Putin wherever!
New York State will cease doing enterprise with Russian entities, Governor Kathy Hochul introduced Sunday, as she condemned the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.
Hochul signed an govt order ceasing state purchases and investments from firms headquartered in Russia or backed by the Russian state for so long as Washington imposes sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s authorities.
“We strongly condemn the action of Putin and Russia for this unprovoked attack, which is now leading to atrocities against innocent human beings,” Hochul mentioned throughout a press convention in Albany on Feb. 27.
New York State is residence to the biggest Ukrainian inhabitants within the nation, and Hochul mentioned Putin’s conflict was an assault on the Empire State as nicely.
“These are our fellow brothers and sisters,” Hochul mentioned. “We worship with them, we go to restaurants with them, we celebrate their cultural festivals — they are an important part of the fabric of New York State.”
“So an attack on their country is truly an attack on all of us,” the governor added.
New York’s economic system is the tenth largest on the earth — greater than Russia’s, Hochul identified — giving her “unique power” to focus on Russia with sanctions.
Some politicians like Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine have pushed to go additional by seizing property owned by Russian oligarchs within the metropolis, reminiscent of actual property, and Hochul mentioned she was “looking at all of our options,” when requested by amNewYork Metro whether or not she supported such strikes.
Standing as we speak in solidarity with leaders of NYC’s Ukrainian group, calling for motion within the face of Putin’s reprehensible conflict.
We need Ukrainian immigration requests expedited, secure passage of aid provides, and seizure of oligarch’s property in NYC.
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— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) February 25, 2022
“We are certainly looking at all of our options, is what I’ll tell you,” the governor mentioned. “If there’s an action to be taken, you’ll certainly know about it, but the individuals who are targeted will know beforehand.”
The state’s chief govt has been in talks with finance bigwigs on whether or not there’s a great way to focus on Russian fats cats and their wealth within the Big Apple, she mentioned.
“We are actually in conversation with our leaders of our banking community and other places we can have an impact,” she mentioned.
“I’m not going to squander the fact that the state of New York has a larger economy than Russia, and what we do will hopefully have an impact collectively with what President Biden’s doing,” so Hochul.