The US sanctioned the former prime minister of Albania for his involvement in acts of corruption.


His wife, Liri Berisha 2and their children, Shkelzen Berisha and Argita Berisha Malltezi, have also been affected by the measures. None of them will be capable of doing anything other than that travel to the North American country.

The State Department has approved former President (1992-1997), former Prime Minister (2003-2015), and former Albanian Member of Parliament Sali Berisha for their alleged involvement in significant corruption.

His wife, Liri Berisha, his son, Shkelzen Berisha, and his daughter, Argita Berisha Malltezi, have also been approved. None of them will be able to travel to the United States.

According to a department statement, Berisha was involved in acts of corruption, such as misappropriation of public funds and intervention in public affairs, including using his power to his advantage and extorting money from his political allies and family members. It involves making money. The confidence of the Albanian people while serving as Prime Minister.

Furthermore, his rhetoric shows that he is ready to defend himself, his family members, and his political allies on independent investigations, anti-corruption efforts, and accountability standards.

With this move, Washington "reaffirmed the need for accountability and transparency in the actions of Albanian democratic institutions, government processes and the actions of Albanian government officials," stressed Foreign Secretary Anthony Blinken in a statement.

Similarly, the approval reaffirmed the United States' commitment to supporting vital political reforms for Albania's democratic institutions, Blinken concluded.

Likewise, the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, advocated on Wednesday to cooperate with Russia to make the world a safer place. But he warned that if Moscow acted aggressively, Washington would respond.

If Russia takes aggressive action against us, our partners, or our allies," Blanken told a news conference ahead of bilateral talks with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov during a meeting of the Arctic Council in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

"If the leaders of Russia and the United States can work cooperatively, the world could be a safer place," he added.

Lavrov, on his own, said that Russia is "ready" to dialogue on all issues with the United States if the conversation is "honest" and based on mutual respect. "

After the closed-door meeting between the two foreign ministers, Lavrov indicated that the dialogue was "constructive."

From Blinken's portfolio, meanwhile, they indicated that the Secretary of State showed his "concern" at the recent movements of Russian troops in Ukraine.

No sanctions against the construction of Nord Stream 2

Shortly before the Blinken-Lavrov meeting, the United States government withdrew its sanctions against Nord Stream 2,  the Russian-controlled construction company of a gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. Washington had previously declared a geopolitical security risk.

Blinken said in a letter to Congress that waiving the original sanctions established for Switzerland-based Nord Stream 2 AG and its chief executive, Matthias Warnig, "is in the national interest of the United States.