Walz orders state agencies to end contracts with Russian entities

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continued for a ninth day Friday, Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order condemning Russian aggression.

Walz’s order also requires state agencies to end any existing contracts with Russian entities and not enter into any future contracts with them.

“Minnesota stands firmly with Ukraine and strongly condemns the Russian government’s actions,” Walz said in a statement. “Today, I signed an Executive Order directing my cabinet agencies to stop doing business with Russian entities to help ensure that our state does not aid the Russian government’s aggression against Ukraine. I encourage other individuals, companies, and organizations to stand with their Ukrainian neighbors and end support to Russian entities. I also urge Minnesotans to support our fellow Russian Minnesotans, many of whom are horrified and alarmed by the Russian government’s aggression toward Ukraine.”

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The U.S. and many other countries have announced sanctions against Russia during the war, mostly targeting Russian financial institutions and business operations.