Treasury's Mnuchin says sanctions against Russians 'in…

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 15, 2018

Treasury was criticized by US legislators and others for not immediately imposing sanctions on at least some of the listed individuals and for putting together a list that the department admitted was drawn mainly from public sources such as Forbes magazine's ranking of Russian billionaires.

"I will say, personally, I think the gun violence - it's a tragedy what we've seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues", Mnuchin said at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, The Washington Post reported.

He stressed that the administration is considering all necessary steps to impose sanctions stipulated by the "Act on countering the enemies of America through sanctions", approved in August past year.

"I assure you, I appreciate the severity and the tragedy", Mnuchin said.

To carry out the law, the Treasury last month released a list of 114 senior Russian political figures and 96 "oligarchs" who it said have gained wealth or power through association with President Vladimir Putin. The document includes the names of 210 Russian officials, major businessmen and CEOs of state companies. At the conclusion of the list the Ministry of Finance used data from the American magazine Forbes, which annually makes the list of the richest people in the world.

The United States Secretary of the Treasury revealed that sanctions against the people mentioned in the so-called "Kremlin list" would be introduced in the nearest future.

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