COLD WAR: US Expands Embargo Against Russia

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The US expanded its restrictive measures against Russia by adding to the sanctions list physical and legal persons allegedly connected with the Russian intelligence and defense sector. The US calls these ‘sanctions’ when in fact there is no force of international law behind them, they are nothing more than an embargo. 

This on Thursday, September 20, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reports Reuters in his Twitter . The list of these individuals, as well as companies and government agencies, is published on the website of the State Department. Among them, among others, were the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Air Force, the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff Igor Korobov, who allegedly is an employee of the GRU Dmitry Badin.

Also on the list are the names of those whom the US accused of interfering in the American elections in February this year : Yevgeny Prigogine, programmer Mikhail Burchik, Mikhail Bystrov.

The representative of the administration explained that this does not mean the imposition of sanctions directly against the listed persons, but imposes restrictions on interaction with them.

“Any person found guilty of deliberately carrying out a major transaction with any of these persons will be subject to mandatory sanctions in accordance with section 231 CAATSA», – said the statement on the website of the American authorities.

Among the Russian companies that were included in the expanded list were PMK Wagner, Oboronlogistika, LLC Aviation Production Organization Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

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The law  “On Countering America’s Enemies through Sanctions” (CAATSA) was adopted in August 2017. 231st article of the law is devoted to the application of sanctions against persons convicted of connections or transactions with the intelligence and defense sectors of Russia.

Earlier on September 20, US President Donald Trump signed a decree on the implementation of secondary sanctions, which CAATSA introduced. The document, inter alia, provides for the blockage of property and assets of persons associated with the Russian authorities and the imposition of a ban on any financial transactions with them. 

Relations between the US and Russia are going through a difficult period since 2014. Washington introduced sanctions against Moscow, which have been repeatedly expanded. Russia has taken retaliatory measures.

At the end of August, Washington adopted the first package of new restrictions against the Russian Federation. In November, a second package of measures may come into effect, which implies a lowering of the level of diplomatic relations and an almost complete curtailment of trade. However, the US can and refuse it if Moscow gives a guarantee in the future not to use chemical weapons.

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