Elizabeth Rosenberg, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official, said the sanctions were significant, although there is more to do.
Senior Trump administration officials cast it as part of a concerted, ongoing effort to push back on Putin, emphasising that since Trump took office past year, the United States has punished 189 Russian-related people and entities with sanctions. Other companies that were put on the list include an agriculture company, Agroholding Kuban; one of the largest diversified industrial groups in Russia, the Basic Element; also listed are a vehicle, train and plane producer, Russian Cars (Russkie Mashiny).
Russian Federation analyst Boris Zilberman, of Washington think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the sanctions might finally give Mr. Putin's allies pause as "until there is a change in the Kremlin's behaviour their bottom lines will suffer and their ability to enjoy the spoils of their corruption will be hampered".
Rather than punishing Russia for one specific action, the new sanctions are in response to "the totality of the Russian government's ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern" of bad behaviour, said the officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
The sanctions freeze any assets that those targeted have in USA jurisdictions and bars Americans from doing business with them.
State-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport, and the Russian Financial Corporation Bank were also targeted under new U.S. sanctions. "We are told that these measures are not aimed against the Russian people".
On top of the seven individuals, 12 companies have been designated: British Virgin Islands-based B-Finance, Jersey-based firms Basic Element, United Company Rusal and EN+ Group; Russian electricity firm EuroSibEnergo; Russian Machines: Gaz Group and Agroholding Kuban have all been sanctioned for their connection to Deripeska.
A dozen Russian companies owned by the oligarchs were also targeted, along with a state-owned arms-dealing company and a subsidiary bank, the Treasury Department said.
The officials declined to elaborate why Putin himself was not directly targeted by the sanctions, but emphasized that several in the Russian leader's inner circle were being targeted.
The special counselor Robert Mueller is conducting the investigation of possible links between Donald Trump's association with Russia and the alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections.
The Trump administration has been under pressure by Congress to act to meet demands under a sanctions law passed by Congress in 2017 to punish Russian Federation for interfering in U.S. elections.
The sanctions follow the expulsion of 60 American diplomats from Russia this week, after the nerve-gas poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.
The New Zealanders picked up their first gold medal on the track with a victory over England in the men's team sprint. Gururaja failed to lift the 138 kg in his first attempt, while his second attempt was cancelled by the judges.
Today, Sony and Insomniac announced a release date for the PS4-exclusive game, almost two years after it was first announced. Sony just announced the all-important release date, along with the game's box-art, and two deluxe editions.
The civil service gender pay gap stands at 12.7 per cent and the public sector as a whole at 19.4 per cent. Having more men in higher-paid roles has affected its pay gap, resulting in the undesirable final figures.
De Bruyne has made 43 appearances for Guardiola's side so far this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting a further 19 strikes. It's just the way it goes. "There is nearly no game where my standard has dropped, so I have been very constant.
Soybeans, the top USA agricultural export to China , were among the 106 US products on which Beijing announced additional tariffs. He said: "We have never had an economy like we have right now, and we are going to make it bigger, and better and stronger'".
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is optimistic about the signing; saying the deal was a bargain and that it improved the team. The following season Griffin was set back by a dislocated ankle and sustaining a concussion during the 2015 preseason.
Cosby failed to submit any declaration in response, meaning he did not deny her allegations", Dickinson attorney Lisa Bloom said. O'Neill told the jury pool the trial could last more than a month, adding the panel would be sequestered in a "very nice" hotel.
Fisher, 37, agreed with his wife of almost eight years, tweeting , "If there's one thing I've learned it's you're always right". They were not only happy to see Underwood's face, but excited that she was back in the studio and working on new music.
Manafort is charged with money laundering and tax fraud related to his lobbying work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. District Court for the District of Columbia, with his attorney, Kevin Downing , left, in November 2017.
As well testing Macron's reform mettle, the rolling strike will also challenge the resolve of unions to maintain a common stance. No trains are expected to be operating between France and Italy, Spain and Switzerland, the railway company said.
NYPD Shot and Killed a Mentally Ill Black Man in Brooklyn
According to the New York Times , the NYPD had encountered Vassell before and classified him as emotionally disturbed. Schneiderman said Thursday that his office is committed to "an independent, comprehensive and fair investigation".
Cold front brings in strong storms and a blast of chilly air
The main threat from the stronger storms will be damaging wind gusts, but large hail and isolated tornadoes will also be possible. Ahead of this front look for a mostly cloudy sky Friday with a chance for a scattered shower or thunderstorm.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo is declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness Month at Palace Park on Tuesday, April 3rd at 10 a.m. The pinwheel garden serves as an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserve.