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US Imposes Sanctions on 38 Russian Businessmen, 17 Officials and Companies

08 April 2018, 01:44 | Colleen Roy

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The action, taken Friday under pressure from the U.S. Congress, freezes the U.S. assets of "oligarchs" such as aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov, whose family controls Russia's largest gold producer, Polyus.

However, no interview has been agreed to - and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that talks were continuing between Trump and his lawyers about a possible interview. "As the president has said, he wants to have a good relationship with Russia but that's going to depend on some of the actions by the Russians", she said at a news briefing.

The US included on its "black list" the head of Gazprom Alexei Miller, VTB Bank President Andrey Kostin, Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Mikhail Fradkov, Commander of Russian National Guard Viktor Zolotov and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Alexander Torshin, the Treasury said. "Of course, we will not leave the current and any new anti-Russian attack without a tough response".

The US had in March imposed sanctions on 19 Russian officials and five groups for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 American presidential elections.

Washington's move against the Russian business houses and individuals would mean that their assets will be frozen in the United States, while Americans will be blocked from doing business with them.

The latest U.S. sanctions indeed targeted some major Russian energy companies, such as En+ or Eurosibenergo as well as the United Company RUSAL, which is the world's second-largest aluminum company by primary production output. Some, but not all, of the individuals sanctioned will also be prohibited from entering the United States. In January, lists of Russian officials and oligarchs were published by the State Department and Treasury. And last month, the USA targeted 19 Russians and five Russian entities with sanctions in the first use of the new sanctions powers Congress passed previous year in response to the election meddling.

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