According to the Agency, the media has misinterpreted the document
The U.S. Treasury Department issued an official clarification, stating that the preparation of the secret of the “Kremlin report” was necessary in order to prevent a sale of assets by the defendants in the list.
“The Finance Ministry has made it clear that our goal is to combat the destabilizing actions of Russia, – said Deputy Minister of Finance of the USA Tony Sy Bloomberg. – The Ministry of Finance included a report of a secret Annex in order to prevent a potential flight of assets of listed individuals and companies, as well as in order to avoid the disclosure of sensitive information.”
Shortly before midnight on Monday, the Ministry of Finance has transmitted to Congress the report, which listed the names of 210 of Russian officials and businessmen close to Vladimir Putin. Later, the Treasury admitted that a list of 96 oligarchs completely copied from Forbes magazine.
According to Tony Seya, criticized the report, the Democrats in Congress were based on a “widespread misinterpretation” of the document made by many media. The Deputy head of the Ministry of Finance also confirmed that the report will be the basis for sanctions against Russia.