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New Russia-Related Sanctions Would Primarily Target 'Non-Russian Entities'

US imposes sanctions against Russia's military partners New Russia-Related Sanctions Would Primarily Target 'Non-Russian Entities'
Bennie Garza | 30 January, 2018, 11:53

Even more names, including those of less-senior politicians or businesspeople worth less than $1 billion, are on a classified version of the list being provided to Congress, officials said.

The US Treasury Department plans to take the next step on Russia sanctions established following interference in the 2016 election on Monday and issue what's expected to be a "name and shame" list of companies and individuals that will be sanctioned for doing businesses with blacklisted Russian entities.

Nauert confirmed that both the State Department and the U.S. Treasury Department have communicated directly with "the relevant Congressional committees" about CAATSA and were "providing briefings to update members and staff" on January 29 about the administration's progress on implementing the legislation.

The sanctions were mandated by Congress in a bill passed previous year.

But on Monday, the Trump administration said sanctions that were unanimously approved in House and Senate votes past year wold not be imposed at this time because they're unnecessary.

The act, which Trump grumbled was "unconstitutional" and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson argued was not needed, obliged the State Department to draw up a list of firms with ties to Russia's defense and intelligence agencies.

"The US should be prepared to impose sanctions when the law is clearly violated", Cardin said.

In his letter to Royce, Tillerson said the State Department provided guidance on "what constituted a "significant" transaction that includes, but is not limited to, the significance of the transaction to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, including its relation to cyber misconduct; the nature and magnitude of the transaction; and the relation and significance of the transaction to Russia's defense and intelligence sectors more generally".

The list's release was likely to at least partially diffuse the disappointment from some lawmakers that Trump's administration opted against targeting anyone with new Russian Federation sanctions that took effect Monday.

"From that perspective, if the law is working, sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent".

A State Department official said that the administration had made a decision to put foreign governments and private sector entities "on notice ... that significant transactions with listed Russian entities will result in sanctions". She did not provide evidence or cite any examples. "Generally speaking, should sanctions be imposed, they would primarily be on non-Russian entities" involved in "significant transactions" with Russia's already black-listened defense and intelligence sectors. But only those engaged in "significant transactions" are to be punished, and the United States has never defined that term or given a dollar figure. Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, has a deal to buy the S-400, Russia's most advanced air defense missile system. It was unclear whether either country had since abandoned those deals to avoid running afoul of the USA sanctions. He dismissed the State Department's claim that "the mere threat of sanctions" would stop Moscow from further meddling in America's elections. Engel said. "It just doesn't make sense".

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