US To Sanction Russian Oligarchs With Ties To Putin

06 April, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • US To Sanction Russian Oligarchs With Ties To Putin

Russia-West relations have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War following Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and differences over the war in Syria as well as the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The US authorities are planning a new package of sanctions against Russian oligarchs, which will be announced later this week. The move targeting Russia's business elite could affect people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In February, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies in what Mueller's office described as a plot to wage "information warfare" against the U.S.

While the steps were the most significant taken against Moscow since Trump took office in January 2017, his decision at the time not to target oligarchs and government officials close to Putin drew criticism from United States lawmakers in both parties.

That news comes as Russia's relations with the West have deteriorated following accusations the Kremlin was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. It also comes amid reports special counsel Robert Mueller is questioning Russian oligarchs in his ongoing investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

Four sources said the sanctions would be imposed under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, also known as CAATSA, which was passed by Republicans and Democrats seeking to punish Russian Federation for its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, involvement in the Syrian civil war and meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The administration is trying to satisfy pressure from Congress to act on a sanctions law passed last summer, the official said.

According to Reuters' sources, Washington plans to introduce sanctions against Russian oligarchs this week over alleged election meddling. In recent months, however, it has stopped at least two Russian oligarchs whey they arrived at USA airports to question them. CNN's sources did not reveal the names of the oligarchs.



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