The state Department said that the law on sanctions acts as a deterrent
The administration of Donald trump informed the lawmakers that the new sanctions against Russia, the introduction of which encourages a law passed last year, there is no need, because he “serves as a deterrent”.
The announcement was made amid calls from lawmakers of both parties to the administration to apply the sanctions act, adopted in July almost unanimously – voted against it, only five congressmen and senators.
The law requires you to input up to 29 January sanctions against entities that conduct “significant” business with the defense and intelligence sectors of Russia, unless Congress is notified that the alleged objects of the sanctions “significantly reduced” the scope of such activities.
The state Department spokesman said by email that the administration “is applying the law as Congress intends to exert pressure on Russia so that it has removed our concern in connection with its aggression in Ukraine, interference in the internal Affairs of other countries and violations of human rights”.
Potential targets of future sanctions “have been reported, both publicly and privately, including very senior representatives of the state Department and other government departments where appropriate, significant transactions with the following Russian constituent entities will lead to sanctions,” added the spokesman.
“Given the long time frame normally associated with large defence deals, the results of these efforts are only beginning to emerge. From this point of view, if the law works, sanctions against specific entities or persons is not necessary as the law itself, in fact, serves as a deterrent,” said state Department spokesman Heather Nauert.
It is unclear whether the published or the administration plans to publish reports on the oligarchs and sovereign debt, which was supposed to appear on Monday and are likely to contain sensitive information.
“Further details are contained in a classified report submitted to Congress,” – said the spokesman.
Meanwhile, the administration of President Donald trump held a secret briefing to the staff Senate about the possibility of introducing sanctions against the Russian defense sector and intelligence.
Analysis of sanctions shall be conducted in accordance with the Law on combating the enemies of America through sanctions adopted in 2017, which also requires regular reporting to Congress.
“The law on sanctions against Russia includes a clause requiring the imposition of sanctions against those who conduct regular transactions with Russian defense and intelligence sectors, if they fail to show a significant reduction in such activities,” – said in a statement, Senator Ben Cardin, the senior Democrat at the Senate Committee on foreign relations.
“Today, the administration held a secret briefing on the diplomatic efforts of the US in this area, and I appreciate the interaction of the administration with Congress in this matter, he continued. – I will not discuss the sensitive nature of these discussions, but I specifically focus on these sanctions, and will continue to exercise tight supervision to ensure that the capacity of the government of Russia to conduct this commercial activity has been significantly hampered.”
“The United States must be ready to impose sanctions in the case of unambiguous violations of the law, said Cardin. – The administration should continue these efforts, and I look forward to frequent and regular dialogue on this issue.”
In the United States prepared a number of reports about the possibilities of expanding sanctions against Russia, including – list of Russian oligarchs and potential constraints in respect of debt obligations of the Russian government.
Recall that the differences between Moscow and Washington are connected with the accusations against Moscow of meddling in the presidential election of 2016, as well as conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
The reports prepared by the Ministry of Finance and the state Department by order of Congress.
Congress and millions of Americans urged to punish Russia for meddling in the election. However, on closer examination raised in the reports of the issues it becomes clear that the initiative is much bigger than just an attempt to harm Russia’s economy or respond to the intervention in the elections.
In the reports of the Ministry of Finance and the state Department explain what are the agencies involved in the process and how it will be implemented by the decisions taken.
In July, Congress overwhelmingly adopted the law on sanctions in the relations of enemies of the United States. The document, signed by the President, despite his objections, instructs the administration to introduce sanctions against legal entities and individuals related to the Russian defense and intelligence sectors.
In the end, the list included 33 individuals. If companies from other countries are found to be involved in the conduct of Affairs with these individuals, they can be sanctioned.
Earlier, the representative of the Ministry of Finance told the Newsweek magazine that the Agency is actively working on reports about the Russian oligarchs and the possible extension of sanctions, which could affect government liabilities and derivatives.
“Every time sanctions are imposed, their effect on the wider alleged, – says the representative of the Ministry of defense Mario Mancuso. – If you do business on an international level, familiar with sanctions laws and know that you can do business with a certain person from Russia, you may still prefer not to do, even if it is not forbidden, thinking, “when is the next strike?”The US government knows that.”
According to close to the point source at the state Department, the sanctions policy of the USA concerning Russia clearly requires the government of Putin to stop interfering in Ukraine and to implement the Minsk agreement concluded in 2015, with Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia to ensure peace in Ukraine.