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 United States has nobody to sanction in Russia over Syria, - Bloomberg

No high-ranking officials are left in Russia who could be additionaly put under sanctions by the United States.

Censor.NET reports citing Bloomberg.

"While the president has full sanction authority, there's nobody left to sanction in Russia besides the janitor in the Kremlin," Michael Kofman, a global fellow at the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute in Washington, told Bloomberg. "In terms of expanding any kind of commercial or financial sanctions, we're basically maxed out."

Penalties against Russia already include hundreds of people, Bloomberg reports, from senior allies of President Vladimir Putin to the Night Wolves, a motorcycle gang led by a former medical student accused of aiding Russian forces in Ukraine. The State Department had to issue an exemption from sanctions on Russia's main weapons exporter, Rosoboronexport OJSC, because the restrictions made it impossible for Afghanistan's security forces to get spare parts for their Russian Mi-17 helicopters.

Read more: West has potential for stiffening Russia sanctions, - US Department of State

Experts say potential next steps include expanding what's known as the Specially Designated Nationals list to include more military officers or weapons companies that provide munitions used in Syria. Such moves would limit their access to American banks and block visits to the U.S., although critics have long scoffed that Russians on the list can find other ways to move their money and different destinations for family vacations.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n412334
 
 
 
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