U.S. takes aim at Putin's allies in Russian Federation with new sanctions

08 Апреля, 2018, 02:53 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • President Donald Trump right greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov left last July prior his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin center during the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany

As we reported earlier, the USA imposed new sanctions against Russian oligarchs and companies on April 6.

In all, President Donald Trump's administration targeted seven oligarchs, 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian officials and the state-owned arms export company Rosoboronexport.

The United States has imposed a new round of sanctions against Russian business leaders, further escalating bilateral tensions and prompting a response from Russia's embassy.

Despite the latest sanctions, which took the number of people and entities linked with Russian Federation to be punished since Mr Trump took office to 189, the White House has said discussions about a summit with Mr Putin would continue.

The Assets of all 24 people from Russian Federation and 15 organisations that fall under the United States sanctions and under jurisdiction have been blocked and American entities are banned from dealing with them.

"Of course we will not leave this current and any new anti-Russian attack without a harsh answer", Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Above all else, Russia's attempts to subvert Western democracy prompted the US sanctions, officials said, in a direct nod to concerns that the USA president has failed to challenge Putin for alleged interference in the 2016 election that brought Trump to power.

Campaigners against Kremlin corruption welcomed the U.S. move.

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The president had long disputed the idea that Russia's alleged cyber-espionage and propaganda efforts sped him to victory in the election, seeking better relations with Putin.

Trump has been criticized by many for not taking a stronger stance on Russian Federation election interference and destabilizing actions.

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a judge to exclude evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators obtained from one of his storage lockers in Virginia last May, claiming they obtained the evidence unlawfully.

"The Russian government operates for the disproportionate benefit of oligarchs and government elites", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

"There remains only a desire of the United States to ensure by all means its global hegemony", it said.

Trump's administration reacted by expelling 60 Russians they accused of being spies working under diplomatic cover and Moscow responded in kind.

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