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Russian embassy comments on new United States sanctions

Guilty without guilt Russian embassy comments on new United States sanctions
| 08 April, 2018, 02:53

Preparations for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be affected by sweeping U.S. sanctions imposed yesterday on Russian government officials and businessmen, the White House said, Reuters reported.

The US authorities have also put on the sanction list a number of Russian officials, including Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, chairman of the Federation Council's global affairs committee Konstantin Kosachyov, and head of the federal communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, Aleksander Zharov, as follows from a news release by the US Department of the Treasury.

The state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport and Russian Financial Corporation Bank were also targeted under new sanctions.

The United States' new anti-Russian sanctions cover those biggest Russian businesses that refuse to play to Washington's scenario, the Russian embassy in the United States said in a statement on Friday.

Nevertheless, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the new sanctions did not mean that Trump's offer to sit down with Putin in Washington is off the table.

The Assets of all 24 people from Russian Federation and 15 organisations that fall under the USA sanctions and under jurisdiction have been blocked and American entities are banned from dealing with them. "As the president has said, he wants to have a good relationship with Russian Federation", a White House statement said.

"The requisitioning of private property and other people's money is known as theft", the ministry added.


Bill Browder, a US-born British financier whose lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died in a Russian jail while investigating alleged tax fraud, tweeted that Washington was "finally hitting Putin and his cronies where it counts".

Above all else, Russia's attempts to subvert Western democracy prompted the US sanctions, officials said, in a direct nod to concerns that the USA president has failed to challenge Putin for alleged interference in the 2016 election that brought Trump to power.

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a judge to exclude evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators obtained from one of his storage lockers in Virginia last May, claiming they obtained the evidence unlawfully.

In January, Trump said that he was "looking forward" to an interview with Mueller, insisting there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

USA officials confirmed that their action against the oligarchs was in part related to Russia's alleged interference in the USA vote, but stressed the broader nature of their concerns.

Ties had already plummeted to a post-Cold War low over last month's attack on a former Russian double agent living in England. In tandem with European allies, the Trump administration expelled dozens of Russian diplomats and shut down the Russian consulate in Seattle. Click any of these buttons below!

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