«Pressure on Russia»: the United States expanded sanctions against Russia

© AP Photo / J. David Acutane of the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington. Archive photo«Pressure on Russia»: the United States expanded sanctions against Russia© AP Photo / J. David Ake

The American authorities have extended the sanctions lists and made them 21 citizen of Russia and Ukraine (mostly from self-proclaimed LNR and DND), and nine companies, follows from the document published by the U.S. Treasury.

Another 12 firms, the Ministry said the volume of economic constraints.

As noted in the U.S. office, the extension is part of the obligation «by maintaining sanctions pressure on Russia to the full implementation of commitments under the Minsk agreements». In addition, restrictive measures are applied due to the supply of the Crimea gas turbines produced by German company Siemens.

The list of additions to the sanctions, published on the eve, became Deputy Minister of energy of Russia Andrey Cherezov, the Director of the Department of operational control and management in electric power industry, energy Eugene Grabchak.


In the message of the American Ministry of Finance said that the extension of the sanctions lists is partly due to the supply of gas turbines in the Crimea. In addition, the Department emphasizes that the list claims «opposition to the US of Russian occupation of Crimea and strong condemnation of the attempts of annexation of the Peninsula.»

«The U.S. government is committed to the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and is committed to identify those who are trying to undermine the Minsk agreement. Those who provide goods, services or material support to individuals and legal entities under US sanctions for their activities in Ukraine, will be involved in activities that could subject them to sanctions in the United States,» — said the Minister of Finance of the United States Steven Mnuchin.

As told by the American Minister, the new restrictions are intended to «put pressure» for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. The sanctions also touched on ten of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR), as well as the Governor of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov. In the document, these persons described as «eleven Ukrainian separatists» who by their actions directly or indirectly «threaten peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine».»Today I learned about the latest sanctions. Now from USA. Greetings to all Sevastopol Donald Trump,» wrote Ovsyannikov on his page in Instagram.

Vice-speaker of Crimean Parliament Remzi Ilyasov, in turn, noted that the restrictive measures applied by the us authorities, will not be able to restrain the development of the region. He also expressed the opinion that the sanctions are aimed more at the moral and psychological pressure.

Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea Dmitry Polonsky said that sanctions never changed life and has not prevented professional activities of Crimean officials.

Senator Franz Klintsevich said that «the Americans finally moved to a global confrontation with Russia in all directions». In his words, «absolutely clear that the Americans finally moved to a global confrontation with Russia in all spheres — be it politics, relations with specific countries, sports, anything.» He also expressed the view that the only response to the sanctions policy of the USA is creating a self-sufficient Russia.

The parliamentarian Vladimir Jabbarov, in turn, noted that the United States declared Russia trade war, expanding sanctions lists. He also expressed that the list of additional restrictive measures has nothing to do with politics, despite their explanation of the situation in Ukraine.

The Chairman of the international Affairs Committee in the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev, commenting on the new restrictive measures, said that the U.S. «sanctions» printer freaked out, judging by the number of recent decisions on sanctions.

The parliamentarian also expressed the view that the sanctions policy of the United States acquired the «chaotic nature» and the constraints appear on all sides, where are the interests of Washington.

The head of the Duma Committee for international relations, Leonid Slutsky, said that the new sanctions are another destructive step. He also promised that the new restrictive measures will not go unanswered.

Deputy Sergei Neverov also agreed that the new sanctions do not help to establish more friendly relations between Russia and the United States. He also noted that the United States, applying restrictive measures to avoid multipolarity in the international arena.

«Pressure on Russia»: the United States expanded sanctions against Russia© Depositphotos / peshkovForeign Policy said that will weaken financial pressure Sadaputa Dmitry Novikov explained why the us government decided to extend the restrictive measures. In his opinion, the West turns a «shaft» aimed at forcing Russian wealthy class to conduct a Pro-Western policy.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, in turn, stressed that Moscow has «some decisions» that will save Russia from the «sanctions of plague.»

Russian diplomats noted that the sanctions policy of Washington will only result in the loss of American business. The foreign Ministry also stated that Russia reserves the right to respond to new US sanctions.«Pressure on Russia»: the United States expanded sanctions against Russia© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia against Russia and international trade