Moscow promises 'tough response' to new American sanctions on Russian oligarchs

Daughter of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal turns down Russian Assistance

Daughter of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal turns down Russian Assistance

The United States has imposed sanctions against Russian businessmen, companies and government officials, striking at associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for activities including alleged meddling in the 2016 us election.

The US Department of Treasury has released an update to the sanctions against Russia, with seven Russian tycoons, 12 major companies and 17 government officials added to the Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN List).

As we reported earlier, the USA imposed new sanctions against Russian oligarchs and companies on April 6.

Russia will not leave new USA sanctions and any future hostile actions without a tough response, Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday after Washington announced a new round of restrictions against Moscow.

Nineteen people, including several former members of the Trump campaign, have so far been hit with criminal charges stemming from the special counsel investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including possible collusion.

Trump administration officials cast it as part of a concerted, ongoing effort to push back on Mr Putin, emphasising that since Mr Trump took office a year ago, the United States has punished 189 Russia-related people and entities with sanctions.

- Kirill Shamalov, who is reportedly Mr Putin's son-in-law, married to his daughter Katerina Tikhonova, although neither Mr Putin nor the Kremlin have acknowledged that she is his daughter.

Deripaska was previously linked to Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, now under investigation of possible collusion with Russian Federation in the 2017 presidential elections.

USA imposes sanctions against Putin's son-in-law, other Russian oligarchs
Mr Deripaska has been placed under U.S. sanctions previously, but officials said those announced Friday were more comprehensive. Mikhail Fradkov, head of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, a research and analysis centre set up by the president.

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.

According to the Hill, if the Congress approve the bill, the new sanctions will be based on the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which Donald Trump, U.S. President, signed in August 2017.

Campaigners against Kremlin corruption welcomed the U.S. move.

Russia's state arms exporter, was also added to the sanctions list.

But Congress persisted, backed by evidence from USA intelligence agencies, and in March the administration finally imposed sanctions on 19 Russian entities for "malicious cyber attacks".

They officials ticked through a list of complaints about Russian actions overseas, including its annexation of Crimea, backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, and cyber-hacking. "Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government's destabilizing activities".

The Russian embassy in the United States responded: "Washington has delivered yet another blow to U.S". The administration has also expelled dozens of Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian consulates in response to Russian behavior, including the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain that has been blamed on Moscow.

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