Putin says US list of Russians is 'hostile step'

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The State Department staffer emphasized that sanctions touted by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are a separate issue, as they will be imposed under the so-called Kremlin list of prominent Russian businessman and government officials under section 241 of the law.

The chairwoman of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament says the publication of a list of Russian officials and businessmen as part of a USA law on sanctions against Russia is an attempt to influence Russia's upcoming presidential vote.

This should in no way be interpreted as we're not putting sanctions on any of the people in that report. 'It's not a sanctions list, ' he wrote on Twitter, and 'our operations are intact'. "Its goal is to create a halo of uncertainty in the eyes of the third parties around the people it designates", Vercueil told Sputnik. "We want to build long-term, stable ties based on worldwide law".

Congress also asked Treasury to analyze how sanctions would affect Russia's sovereign bonds, which could increase borrowing costs and devalue the ruble.

"Russia is a major security threat to the United States of America", Cardin told "New Day". We sanctioned the head of their foreign intelligence, and then the Trump administration invites him to waltz through our front door.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy says he wanted to hear President Donald Trump address Russian Federation sanctions in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

The list came amid the ongoing investigations in the US Congress of Trump campaign's purported links to Moscow. Trump and Russian officials have denied the allegations of any such collusion. The chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, says he is satisfied with this approach, though he called the oligarchs list milk toast.

The Russian leader stated "it is definitely an unfriendly act".

"I think there is no essential change". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said in a statement Tuesday. According to data provided by the British military analytics firm Jane's Information Group, Russia's military exports were projected to grow in 2017 for the first time in five years.

"Certainly, this is an unfriendly move, which further exacerbates the already strained Russia-U.S. relations and hurts worldwide relations as a whole".

But the list also contains some Russians who are simply rich, and didn't accumulate their wealth by making off with state resources.

"It can be seen as a silent support of Putin".

Officials said more names, including those of less-senior politicians and businesspeople worth less than $1 billion, are on a classified version of the list being provided to Congress. Putin acknowledged Russia's "flaws and mistakes, a careless approach to things that are essential in modern sports", but also warned worldwide sports bodies against becoming "departments of some powerful states".

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