Obama Renews Sanctions Against Russia Due to Events in Ukraine


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

3rd March, 2016


US President Barack Obama has extended the sanctions against Russia for an additional year because of the events in Ukraine. This was made public knowledge on Wednesday in the form of documents disseminated by the White House.

“The actions and policies referred to in my decrees continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security interests and foreign policy of the United States,” one document specifies. “Therefore, I extend for one year the emergency regime (sanctions) declared by the decree order 13660”.

The decree itself was published on 6th March 2014.

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A separate notification to Congress, in particular, said: “The actions and policies of persons undermining democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine, threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity and facilitate the plundering of its assets.”

“So I decided that it was necessary to continue the emergency regime (sanctions) in accordance with the decree order 13660 with respect to Ukraine”, – said the President.

U.S. sanctions against Russia

In total, relating to Russia and the events in Ukraine, three presidential decrees of the US were launched – between 16th and 20th March 2014 (decrees 13661 and 13662) and the 19th December of the same year (decree 13685) in Crimea.

The sanctions apply to a number of Russian citizens, including officials, and officials of the government of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. In addition, the measures cover a number of major Russian entrepreneurs, several companies and the proclaimed leadership of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

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