Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Russian PM Medvedev, FM Lavrov & other top figures included in US Treasury’s ‘Kremlin List’

Kremlin List
Top Russian leaders, including PM Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have been included in the US Treasury’s ‘Kremlin List,’ which also features scores of influential businessmen.

The first part lists a total of 114 Russian political figures, including Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, head of the Presidential Administration Anton Vaino, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, as well as all Russian ministers, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other senior officials.

The list also includes top Russian businessmen Alisher Usmanov, Sergey Ivanov and Roman Abramovich.

The document is part of a sanctions law signed by Trump in August,  which targeted Russia in retaliation for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election – a claim which still lacks any evidence.

However, “It is not a sanctions list, and the inclusion of individuals or entities in this report… does not and in no way should be interpreted to impose sanctions on those individuals or entities,” the document says.

The report adds that it “does not create any other restrictions, prohibitions or limitations on dealing with such persons by either U.S. or foreign persons.”

Russian Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov slammed the US Treasury’s list, saying that it almost means a breakdown of bilateral relations.

“Formally our countries have relations, but including in the sanctions list almost all our country’s leadership means that those relations automatically break down,” he said......https://on.rt.com/8y0n


  1. Inclusion of leadership in US ‘Kremlin List’ almost means breakdown of ties – Russian Senator

  2. The US administration believes it won’t need imposing new unilateral sanctions against Russia’s defense industry complex, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that was received by TASS office in Washington.

    1. The US Department of the Treasury has included in its "Kremlin report" 114 Russian politicians and members of the country’s leadership.
      The report also mentions First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Head of the Government Executive Office Sergey Prikhodko, Deputy Prime Ministers Alexander Khloponin, Vitaly Mutko, Arkady Dvorkovich, Olga Golodets, Dmitry Kozak and Dmitry Rogozin, and also the heads of ministries.
      This is not a sanctions list, the Treasury Department stresses. No restrictions are slapped against the individuals mentioned in the document.
      This list is not related to sanctions, the Treasury Department stresses. No restrictions are introduced against the individuals mentioned in the document.


    2. The US State Department informed Congress that sanctions legislation was already deterring Russian defense sales, hence additional penalties do not need to be imposed at this time. The move triggered a backlash from lawmakers who accused President Donald Trump’s administration of being weak on Moscow.
      The US Treasury Department was required to submit a report to Congress by Monday that would lay the groundwork for more punitive measures against individuals US authorities believe to be close to Russia’s leadership, including "senior foreign political figures and oligarchs."

      The report is required by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which was passed by the US Congress last summer and signed into law by Trump on August 2, 2017.

      Sanctions Act Effective

      State Department officials told Sputnik, however, that CAATSA was already having an impact on Russia’s military and intelligence sectors.

      "Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

  3. The US Treasury document itself stresses: "It is not a sanctions list, and the inclusion of individuals or entities... does not and in no way should be interpreted to impose sanctions on those individuals or entities."
    It adds: "Neither does inclusion on the unclassified list indicate that the US Government has information about the individual's involvement in malign activities."
    However, there is a classified version said to include information detailing allegations of involvement in corrupt activities.


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