December 25, 2017 – FRN –
The administration of US President Donald Trump is preparing a so-called Kremlin report – a list of high-ranking Russian officials and close to power businessmen.
The document will be presented to the Congress before the end of January. The list is drawn up by the law “On Countering US Enemies through Sanctions,” signed by Trump in August.
The expert of the Washington Atlantic Council, Daniel Fried said the Ministry of Finance, the State Department and several other departments are working on the report.
Inclusion in this list does not mean the automatic introduction of sanctions, but increases the risk that it will happen. For example, many American and European banks can decide that once a certain person is on the list, it’s risky to deal with them and refuse cooperation.
Fried stressed that the list “should be point-based, not a mass sweep – it is not necessary to inflate the report just for the sake of beautiful figures.”
“It would be more correct to make a shorter but stronger list of ‘bad guys.’ That is, people who are really connected with corruption, criminal activity or acts of aggression,” the expert added.
In August, Trump signed a law on the expansion of sanctions against certain sectors of the Russian economy. The document, in particular, suggests that within six months after its adoption, the Congress will discuss the possibilities of expanding the already existing restrictive measures.
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