The United States has not yet announced new names regarding President Joseph Biden’s decree on the Western Balkans, State Department spokesman Ned Price told Voice of America tonight, when asked if potentially new people will be blacklisted.
“However, thanks to the regulation, we will be able to address the most urgent threats to the stability and progress of democratic institutions,” Price said.
He added that the United States is committed to “promoting democracy, transparency, accountability and democratic governance throughout the Western Balkans, in line with the standards that countries must meet in order to meet their goal of advancing on the European path.”
Biden has issued an order freezing property and banning individuals from entering the United States who pose a threat to the security and peace of any country in the Western Balkans.
The executive order will also include persons who are directly or indirectly involved in corruption, misuse of public funds, receiving bribes and the like.
In early June, the U.S. administration officially declared the fight against corruption crucial to U.S. national security.
“Corruption poses a threat to American national security, economic equality, the global fight against poverty, development efforts and democracy itself,” Biden said at the time.