The United States has imposed new sanctions against Russia. The motive – the alleged "Russian interference" in the 2016 presidential elections. In turn, Russia expressed outrage, and promised an answer to the United States.
As the new presidential elections in the United States approach, Washington continues to impose sanctions on Russia for "Russian interference" in the 2016 ballot. On September 30, the United States again expanded sanctions against "Russian citizens and organizations," said the US Treasury Department.
In the expanded sanctions lists, there are two Russian personalities, allegedly linked to the Internet Research Agency, accused of spreading propaganda on the web and "meddling" in the 2016 elections. The list also includes Autolex Transport Ltd and Beratekh Group Limited, registered in Seychelles and Linburg Industries Ltd, registered in the Czech Republic.
According to the US Treasury, these companies and individuals are associated with the Russian businessman Evgueni Prigojine who, according to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, allegedly tried to "scuttle American democratic processes."
Moscow promises an answer
In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry promised a response to the new US sanctions, and issued a statement on its website:
"As before, the anti-Russian algerade will not remain unanswered. At the same time, we call on American politicians to put an end to the null and void sanctions, the result of which is zero, and to return to a position of common sense. "
The Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, has attributed the new set of sanctions against Russia to the domestic political crisis in the United States.
In talks with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the head of the Russian diplomacy denounced "the futility of the pressure of sanctions on Moscow", according to a report published on September 27 on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since 2012, the United States and the EU countries are subject to political and economic restrictions on Russia, as well as on individuals and organizations. For the first time, the restrictions were adopted in the context of the Magnitsky case, then extended and extended after the annexation of Crimea and the situation in Ukraine in 2014 and, in 2016, in response to reports that Russia reportedly supplied nuclear weapons to North Korea, Syria and Iran. In addition, Moscow is subject to US restrictions related to the Skripal case.