Russian Federation sanctions will not affect Trump-Putin meeting plans

Russian Federation sanctions will not affect Trump-Putin meeting plans

United States has imposed new sanctions on some Russian leaders and several entities accused of supporting and profiting from the Russian government's efforts to undermine western democracies.

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 worldwide 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.

A state-owned arms-dealing company, accused by the USA of selling to Assad, was also targeted, along with a subsidiary bank.

No measures of pressure will derail Russia from its chosen path and they only demonstrate the inability of the United States to achieve its goals and consolidate the Russian society, it said.

Sarah Hucabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said earlier this week that talks were continuing between Trump and his lawyers about a possible interview with Mueller.

The Assets of all 24 people from Russian Federation and 15 organisations that fall under the United States sanctions and under jurisdiction have been blocked and American entities are banned from dealing with them.

Rather than punishing Russian Federation for one specific action, the new sanctions hit back at the Kremlin for its "ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern" of bad behavior, said the officials, who weren't authorized to comment by name and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

It was not clear whether any of those hit have significant holdings in the USA that could be seized, and if they did previously, they may have already moved their money elsewhere in anticipation of the sanctions.

The measures were taken under a United States law passed to punish Russian Federation for its alleged bid to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, engage in cyber-warfare and intervene in Ukraine and Syria.

But Friday's announcement also came as Washington and its allies face a new diplomatic crisis with the Kremlin over the poisoning of Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter on British soil.

Trump begrudgingly signed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in August past year, despite arguing that it undermined his own authority to lead U.S. foreign policy.

In parallel, and to Trump's fury, former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller has been empowered as a special prosecutor to investigate possible collusion between the president's campaign and Russian Federation.

President Trump has not formally agreed to sit down with Mueller, though he told reporters in January that he was "looking forward" to an interview.

Trump has been criticized by many for not taking a stronger stance on Russian Federation election interference and destabilizing actions.

Ties had already plummeted to a post-Cold War low over last month's attack on a former Russian double agent living in England. Click any of these buttons below!

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