Trump instructed Tillerson to oversee sanctions against Russia

© AFP 2017 / Brendan SmialowskiПрезидент USA Donald trump and Secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Archival photoTrump instructed Tillerson to oversee sanctions against Russia© 2017 AFP / Brendan Smialowski

Oversee us sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea will be the Secretary of state Rex Tillerson. The Memorandum, published on the website of the U.S. Treasury, signed by President Donald trump.

Tillerson, in particular, will be responsible for securing on the legislative level, the anti-Russian sanctions imposed under previous U.S. President Barack Obama over the situation in Ukraine. In addition, he will oversee the execution of a number of articles of the law on sanctions adopted against Moscow over alleged cyberattacks.

The Secretary of state will make decisions on the issuance of visas to persons who «cause damage to cybersecurity,» acting in the interests of Russia.

Earlier, the U.S. Treasury issued a Directive, according to which restrictions on the financing of banks and oil and gas companies of Russia, imposed under the new law on sanctions enters into force on 28 November.

The maximum term of financing of Russian banks under us sanctions, will be reduced to 14 days, oil and gas companies, up to 60 days (now 30 days and 90 days, respectively).

Since the summer of 2014, the EU and the US imposed a series of sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict, and talking to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive.

From December 2016 Washington has also imposed restrictions against Russia, accusing it of «interference» in the elections of the President of the United States. Evidence of Russia’s involvement in hacking attacks with the aim of influencing the outcome of the vote, the US government is not presented. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called allegations against Moscow «completely unfounded».

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