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The US plans this week to impose sanctions against Russian oligarchs in accordance with the law, punishing Moscow for its intervention in US elections in 2016, according to informed sources.
This may be the most aggressive Washington’s move against the Russian business elite.
This measure, which may affect the people around President Vladimir Putin, reflects the desire of Washington to bring Russia to justice for alleged interference in the election, which Moscow denies – despite the fact that the US President Donald trump hopes to establish good relations with Putin.
Trump has been sharply criticized for the fact that he allegedly did not take sufficient steps to punish Russia for interfering in the elections and other actions. Spectacular Robert Mueller is investigating the possible collusion of the election headquarters trump with Russia, which the President denies.
Two sources said that sanctions could be announced as early as Thursday. They will become a new step after the decision of the United States from March 15, when sanctions were imposed against 19 people and five organizations, including the Russian intelligence services in connection with the cyberattacks, which took place two years ago.
Although this decision was the harshest measure taken against Moscow after trump took office in January of 2017, his rejection of sanctions against oligarchs and government officials close to Putin, has drawn criticism from U.S. lawmakers of both parties.
Expect this week’s solutions will include sanctions against Russian oligarchs, including Putin and with the Russian government, said two U.S. officials familiar with the contents of the discussion on this issue.
Four sources said that sanctions will be imposed in the framework of the Law on combating the enemies of America through sanctions adopted by Republicans and Democrats in seeking to punish Russia for the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea in 2014, the intervention in the civil war in Syria and the U.S. presidential election in 2016.
Us-Russian relations deteriorated after allegations that Russia is responsible for the poisoning of former Russian spy with nerve agents. Russia denies any involvement in the incident, which occurred on March 4 in the UK. On March 26, the US and several European countries announced plans to expel in response, more than 100 Russian diplomats.
The white house and the Finance Ministry declined to say whether they plan to impose sanctions this week.
“The administration is committed to implementing the Law on combating the enemies of America by sanctions, as we have said many times – said a senior us official. – Some time ago we published a list of oligarchs, and the Finance Minister said that further steps will be taken. But at the moment we cannot announce any concrete action.”
In accordance with the law, the administration of the tramp on 30 January published a list of the heads of Russian state companies and “oligarchs”, which included such influential figures as the head of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller and the head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin.