Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation for malign activity

U.S. sanctions on Russian Federation for malign activity

The US imposed new sanctions on Russian oligarchs, including President Vladimir Putin's son-in-law, and several entities accused of supporting and profiting from the Russian government's efforts to undermine western democracies.

"Complying with the law, the Trump administration on 30 January published a list of the heads of Russian state-owned companies and "oligarchs", including such prominent figures as Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom, and Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Rosneft".

The U.S. might also consider a retaliatory cyber strike that abides by worldwide cyber rules of the road that the U.S. has pushed, Lewis said.

"We're in a long conflict with Russia", Lewis said, "and this is a different kind of conflict that will rely more on this kind of thing than on building new bombers or sending tanks to Germany".

The White House and Treasury declined to comment on whether they planned to impose sanctions this week.

The message the US wants to send with these sanctions is that "Putin can not protect his own people", said Daniel Fried of the Atlantic Council think tank.

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Administration officials had previously sanctioned more than 100 individuals and entities with ties to the Russian government.

"Washington has delivered yet another blow on the Russian-US relations".

But the move is likely to provoke a strong response from the Kremlin, which has expressed increasing exasperation with Washington's policies under the Trump administration despite hopes that the president would take a softer approach toward Moscow.

"This administration has been clear that the door to dialogue with Russian Federation is open", said one senior administration official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity.

In particular, 136 individuals and entities were sanctioned under our Ukraine-Russia-related sanctioned authorities. Months later in March the administration slapped sanctions on Russian government hackers and spy agencies, including people named in FBI Robert Mueller's indictment. Russian government officials listed in the Treasury statement include Andrey Akimov, chairman of the management board for Gazprombank, technically a subsidiary of the big Gazprom national energy company but actually controlled by the Kremlin.

A new round of United States sanctions targeting oligarchs and businesses is "aimed at the Russian people", Russia's U.S. embassy said Friday.

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"It looks increasingly like [Mueller] is investigating the Russian invasion of the United States political system and not collusion", Starr said.

"Having obtained zero results from the 50 previous rounds of sanctions, Washington continues to employ fear with the refusal to issue American visas, the threatening of Russian businesses with the freezing of companies' assets and property, while forgetting that the requisitioning of private property and other people's money is known as theft", the ministry added.

The sanctions are meant to deter Russian Federation from its aggressive campaign to weaken the West.

"We would like to advise Washington to get rid of illusions that we can be spoken to with the language of sanctions", the statement continued.

Twelve companies owned by the oligarchs, the state arms exporter and a bank are also sanctioned.

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