United States Slams Sanctions Against Putin Over Spy Row

United States Slams Sanctions Against Putin Over Spy Row

The United States punished dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials on Friday with sanctions that took direct aim at President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, as President Donald Trump's administration tried to show he's not afraid to take tough action against Moscow.

The US authorities have also put on the sanction list a number of Russian officials, including Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, chairman of the Federation Council's worldwide affairs committee Konstantin Kosachyov, and head of the federal communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, Aleksander Zharov, as follows from a news release by the US Department of the Treasury.

The state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport, which has long-standing ties to Syria and its subsidiary, Russian Financial Corporation Bank were also trageted under new santions. Senior Trump administration officials cast it as part of a concerted, ongoing effort to push back on Putin, emphasizing that since Trump took office past year, the US has punished 189 Russian-related people and entities with sanctions.

Also on the list are tycoon Suleiman Kerimov, under investigation in France over allegations he brought in millions of euros in suitcases full of cash, and Kirill Shamalov, a billionaire reported to be Putin's son-in-law.

Ty Cobb, a White House lawyer handling the Russian Federation probe, and Jay Sekulow, President Trump's personal attorney, declined to comment. Any assets they hold in areas under U.S. jurisdiction could now be frozen.

Russia's state arms exporter, was also added to the sanctions list.

It was not clear whether any of those hit have significant holdings in the USA that could be seized, and if they did previously, they may have already moved their money elsewhere in anticipation of the sanctions.

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The officials would not say how many or which Russians would be hit by the sanctions, which are expected to be announced early Friday.

"Today's sanctions are basically an addition to the SDN List which means that United States entities are prohibited from any dealings with these persons & companies", BCS Global Markets chief economist Vladimir Tikhomirov commented on April 6, adding that in practice sanctioned entities will not be able to use U.S. dollar accounts, make transfers in USA dollars, or enter into any contracts with USA firms.

The officials ticked through a list of complaints about Russia's actions beyond its borders, including its annexation of Crimea, backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, support for Syrian president Bashar Assad, and cyber-hacking.

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

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

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