February 17, 2018

US 'Kremlin Report' Aims to Break Third Parties' Ties With Russia

01 February 2018, 12:36 | Kara Nash

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pledged on Tuesday to impose sanctions on individuals on the published list after lawmakers expressed outrage over the Trump administration's failure to do so by the January 29 deadline, The Hill reported.

Trump criticized the sanctions law, which Congress passed previous year with enough backing to override any presidential veto, and has seemed unenthusiastic about implementing it.

The public U.S. document noted that inclusion on the list should "in no way be interpreted to impose sanctions" in of itself.

The Treasury Department on Monday released a list of 96 Russian business executives who could face USA sanctions for their alleged proximity to the Kremlin. Just imagine an opposite situation when we issue a list embracing the entire Trump situation, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the Attorney General's office, what will happen in the United States? Others said the administration had let Russian President Vladimir Putin off the hook. We sanctioned the head of their foreign intelligence, and then the Trump administration invites him to waltz through our front door.

However, the report is unlikely to lead to any significant changes in the Russian-US relationship, Jaromir Kohlicek, a member of the European Parliament from the Czech Republic, told Sputnik.

The Treasury Department was expected to release another list of businessmen who have grown rich under Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the day came and went with no word.

"All I can say is Forbes is a bankrupt magazine, doesn't know what they're talking about", Trump said at the time, in an interview with Forbes.

An accompanying report on the effect on Russia's sovereign debt from possible USA sanctions was classified, Sen.

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RBK said it was impossible to prove exactly how the United States list had affected the wealthy Russians, some of whom experienced an upturn in their fortunes; Alisher Usmanov, who owns a large stake in Arsenal football club, was worth $16m more after its publication, according to the newspaper.

Putin noted sarcastically that his name isn't on the list, saying of the omission: "It hurts". They insist this is proof he's "soft" of Russian Federation.

"We also expect that our colleagues in global sports organizations will do their best to see that these worldwide organizations, sports unions don't turn into departments of state agencies of certain countries, no matter how powerful and important these states would seem at first sight", Putin said.

Hockey players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk stepped up to present Putin with a Russian jersey bearing his name and players' signatures along with the slogan "Russia in my heart".

It also has a classified annex with "additional information".

"The objective of this "black list" is purely political, since no sanctions of economic nature have been mentioned".

"Since the enactment of the ... legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions", she said.

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