Putin 'offended' for not being on U.S. sanctions

Casey Dawson
February 1, 2018

The measure, known as the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," or CAATSA, required the administration to list "oligarchs" close to President Vladimir Putin's government and issue a report detailing possible consequences of penalizing Russia's sovereign debt.

Putin called the oligarchs list "an unfriendly act" that would harm Russian-American relations but that Moscow did not now plan to retaliate. The official said the legislative threat of sanctions would impose a cost on Russian Federation for its "campaign of malign influence and destabilization".

In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon has banned a USA watchdog, which oversees the situation in Afghanistan, from publishing information on who controls what on the ground.

"We know what we want".

The list names 210 top Russians as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the United States election.

"The sanctions haven't led to a change in our country's political course, or weakened our sovereignty, or led to an internal split", Volodin said in a statement posted to the Duma's official website. Even without legal teeth, its imminent release has been front page news in Russian Federation.

Putin immediately struck that chord, pointing that those blacklisted by the USA control companies employing millions of Russians.

The US the same day admitted that its reference to "public sources" on the Russian oligarchs amounted to having copy-pasted the top bit of a list published earlier by Forbes magazine. This triggered the first round of global sanctions against Russian Federation. "It's not clear how meaningful the list is, given the executive branch manages foreign policy".

Some of the sanctions imposed on Russia by CAATSA were limitations on the amount of money USA citizens can invest in Russian energy projects and restrictions on US companies doing business with Russia.

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Vagit Alekperov, left, seen with Vladimir Putin, was estimated to have lost $226m due to his inclusion on the list. The US releases a sweeping list of Russian politicians and business figures, on a so-called "Kremlin List".

Speaking at a campaign event in Moscow, Putin, who is running for president at the March election, joked on Tuesday that he felt "slighted" that he himself was not on the list.

Peskov, as a member of the Kremlin administration, is on the list. I would say nothing, zero.

Russia's credit rating agency ACRA said the U.S. report had "not affected significantly the financial stability of our country".

In fact, O'Toole said that Monday's Treasury report will have "a reverse impact". "Russia hacked our elections".

Top representatives of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, like Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, also condemned the economic measures against Russian Federation.

Konstantin von Eggert, a foreign affairs analyst and host of the independent TV-Rain channel, noted that the list had suddenly rendered the roles of competing interest groups inside and outside the Kremlin irrelevant.

"Everyone", argued von Eggert, "is now in the same boat".

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