White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax.
A U.S. Treasury official's assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin is corrupt "best reflects the administration's view," he said, responding to a question about whether Barack Obama's administration shared the position of the U.S. Treasury.
After asked whether Washington was planning to introduce new sanctions against Moscow, Earnest said the responsibility for imposing sanctions lies with the Treasury Department. He also remarked that Washington never informs in advance of its plans to introduce restrictive measures.
Earlier this week, the BBC reported that Adam Szubin, acting Treasury secretary for terrorism and financial crimes, said in an interview the United States considers Putin corrupt.