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Texas Gov. Abbott asks retailers to remove Russian products 

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, asked retailers in the state to take Russian products off their shelves.

Abbott wrote in a tweet on Saturday, saying he asked members of the Texas Restaurant Association, Texas Package Stores Association, as well as other state retailers to take and keep Russian goods out of their stores. The governor added at the end of the tweet, “Texas stands with Ukraine.”

Abbott’s announcement was made just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military operation to begin in Ukraine, and troops are now moving into the country’s major cities. Resistance from Ukrainian troops and citizens, though, has slowed the invasion as Ukrainians continue to fight back. 

As of now, Russia and Ukraine are scheduled to hold peace talks on the border shared by Ukraine and Belarus. But the Lone Star State is not alone in requesting that Russian products be taken off shelves amid the conflict between the countries.

On Saturday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, another Republican, signed an “effective immediately” executive order requiring that the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control remove all products produced in and branded by Russia from their stores.

Some other bars and liquor stores in the U.S. and Canada are also refusing to sell Russian vodka in addition to other Russian products.

So far, the U.S. has unveiled sanctions against Russia in response to their decision to invade Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the U.S. would be moving to sanction large Russian banks while imposing export controls on the country in order to hinder its high-tech imports.

The White House announced on Friday that the United States would also be sanctioning Putin as well as other top Russian officials. 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: WFLA.COM

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