Obama adds new sanctions to Russia
Trump can overturn them, but it’s a statement.
The United States has extended its sanctions against Russian to blacklist 17 additional entities related to various projects in Crimea, which the U.S. considers to have been unlawfully annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
The new list includes seven individuals, eight companies, and two vessels, all either related to the Russian government and Russia’s development projects in Crimea, or presumed to have links to the crisis in Ukraine.
The two executive orders designating new targets for the U.S. sanctions represent, possibly, the last effort of the Obama administration to demonstrate unity with the European Union, which recently renewed its sanctions against Russia for yet another six-month period.Although issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, the orders likely represent the willingness of the Obama administration to reassure the United States’ European allies of Washington’s commitment to its stance on Russia.
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