WH Reveals List Of Russian Politicians, Oligarchs, Won't Fulfill Other Sanctions

Under a law past six months ago by an overwhelming majority following the intelligence communities conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the USA presidential election, the administration had 180 days to produce a list of sanctioned individuals and entities.

The Trump administration drew fire yesterday after it declined to apply sanctions demanded by Congress on wealthy Russians, while a list of oligarchs who could face future penalties was found to have been cribbed from a magazine.

"There will be sanctions that come out of this report", Mnuchin said in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.

The public United States document noted that inclusion on the list should "in no way be interpreted to impose sanctions" in of itself.

The US Treasury published a list of 114 Russian "senior political figures" and 96 "oligarchs" who had been "determined by their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth".

"There is not a statutory or regulatory definition of oligarch, so Treasury included the $1 billion threshold as a reasonable number, which is similar to criteria contained in the US Forbes list", Forbes quoted the spokesperson as saying.

"The missile attack on Syria a year ago, after the chemical weapons attack, was indirectly targeting Russia - there were Russian people on the base - and that was a pretty aggressive action", he said, but there other fronts on which Russia can "cause us a lot of headaches", said O'Toole.

The State Department says it's confident that new legislation enacted a year ago is significantly deterring Russian defense sales.

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"I can identify several people on the list who should not be subject to sanctions".

The Russian leader noted that a presidential children rights' ombudswoman was put on the list even though the US has pushed for resuming the adoption of Russian children by USA parents that Russia banned in 2012.

"When asked if there is 'any truth to the criticisms that the Treasury list was inspired or derived in some way from the Forbes list, ' a Treasury spokesperson said 'yes'".

Incumbent Vladimir Putin is widely expected to be re-elected, but Navalny says he has been unfairly barred from running over what he says is a trumped-up suspended prison sentence.

Mnuchin said the goal was not to levy sanctions by the deadline for producing the report but a review of the classified section of the report could provide more information on the issue.

At the negotiations of the coalition in Germany, the prime ministers of the eastern federate states insisted today on recommending a relaxation of economic sanctions by the European Union against Russian Federation.

The Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was estimated to have lost $60m from his $9bn fortune in the 24 hours after the publication of the "Putin list".

"The picture that you [get] when you look at the grand total of is that the administration isn't willing to confront this and that's going to encourage the Russians to behave badly", said O'Toole.

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