The US and Russia impose sanctions on each other over Ukraine

Putin and Obama

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of the Treasury said on
Thursday its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated sixteen Russian
government officials and four individuals who provide “material support” to the Russian
government.

Barack Obama said more Russians were added to the blacklist of individuals, who are
subject to travel restrictions and whose assets in the US will be frozen.
“We’re imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government,” Obama
said.

The US sanctions targeted seven top Russian officials close to President Vladimir
Putin, including presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, the speaker of the upper house of
parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Presidential aide Andrei Fursenko, Presidential Executive Office Chief of Staff Sergei
Ivanov, head of Russia’s military intelligence service GRU Igor Sergun, head of Russia’s
railway monopoly RZD Vladimir Yakunin and a number of senior lawmakers were also
on the list.

The US list was extended on Thursday and now includes presidential aide Andrei
Fursenko, Presidential Executive Office Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov, head of Russia’s
military intelligence service GRU Igor Sergun, head of Russia’s railway monopoly RZD
Vladimir Yakunin and a number of senior lawmakers.

Barack Obama also mentioned that sanctions will be imposed on The Rossiya Bank.
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday imposed its own sanctions
against nine senior US officials in retaliation to US visa bans and asset freezes.

“We have repeatedly warned that the use of sanctions is double-edged and has
boomerang effect,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The list of US officials barred from Russia comprises deputy national security advisers
Ben Rhodes and Caroline Atkinson, senators John McCain, Harry Reid, Robert
Menendez, Daniel Coats and Mary Landrieu, House of Representatives Speaker John
Boehner and Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

Source: Ria Novosti

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