Russian businessmen and entrepreneurs, whose fortune exceeds $ 1 billion, were included in the sanctions list. "Now, the sanctions cover captains of Russian business who refuse to play to Washington's scenario".
Rather than punishing Russian Federation for one specific action, the new sanctions hit back at the Kremlin for its "ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern" of bad behavior, said the officials, who weren't authorized to comment by name and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
Above all else, Russia's attempts to subvert Western democracy prompted the USA sanctions, officials said, in a direct nod to concerns that the US president has failed to challenge Putin for alleged interference in the 2016 election that brought Trump to power.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the introduction of new United States sanctions against Russian oligarchs, threatening U.S. with a "tough response".
"The Russian government operates for the disproportionate benefit of oligarchs and government elites", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.Читайте также: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is Apparently DC's Worst Tenant
"The Russian government engages in a range of malign activity around the globe, including continuing to occupy Crimea and instigate violence in eastern Ukraine, supplying the Assad regime with material and weaponry as they bomb their own civilians, attempting to subvert Western democracies and malicious cyber activities", it added.
Putin's government was blamed for the poisoning of a former Russian double agent living in close US ally Britain last month, and the United States and several European states announced plans to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response.
The ministry said no pressure could make Russia change course and that the sanctions would only unite Russian society.
The Russian embassy in the United States responded: "Washington has delivered yet another blow to U.S".
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