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US adds 33 Russian officials to sanction list as treasury receives new powers

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The United States has added 33 people and entities to its Russian defense and intelligence sector blacklist, meaning that anyone who does business with them will face mandatory US sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, Sputnik reported Thursday.

"The Secretary of State is adding 33 additional persons, both entities and individuals, to the CAATSA section 231 List of Specified Persons (LSP) for being a part of, or operating for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation," the release said. "Any person who is determined to have knowingly engaged in a significant transaction with any of these persons will be subject to mandatory sanctions under CAATSA section 231," the US State Department said in a press release on Thursday.

As State Department spokesperson Heather Nauer stated, commenting on the move, the US Administration will continue to implement the CAATSA and calls on other countries to stop contacts with Russian defense and intelligence sector figures.

"We will continue to vigorously implement CAATSA and urge all countries to curtail relationships with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors, both of which are linked to malign activities worldwide," Nauert said.

In August, the US administration announced new sanctions against Russia, consisting of two packages, due to its alleged use of chemical weapons against Russian former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK city of Salisbury in March.

Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the Skripal case, stressing that London has neither provided evidence nor cooperated with Moscow in investigating the incident. 
Last Modified: Thursday، 20 September 2018 11:42 PM
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