White House announces additional sanctions on Russia
By Michael Hernandez, Monday, April 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House announced further sanctions on Russia Monday following, what the White House maintains, is Russia’s failure to live up to its obligations under a multilateral accord brokered earlier in April.
The deal, struck on April 17 in Geneva between Ukraine, the U.S., the EU and Russia, aimed to deescalate tensions in the east of Ukraine where pro-Russian protesters, some armed, have occupied government buildings and public spaces.
According to the agreement, all sides were required to refrain from “any violence, intimidation, or provocative action.” Despite the agreement, pro-Russian protesters have largely refused to relinquish control of occupied areas.
“Since April 17, Russia has done nothing to meet its Geneva commitments and in fact has further escalated the crisis”, said Jay Carney, White House press secretary.
“Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable.”
According to Carney, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is imposing sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including two members close to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, and 17 companies linked to Putin’s inner circle. Thirteen of those companies will be subject to additional restrictions by the U.S. Department of Commerce including “a license requirement with a presumption of denial for the export, re-export or other foreign transfer of U.S.-origin items to the companies,” according to Carney.
The U.S. State Department and Commerce Department also announced tightened restrictions to deny export licenses of high-tech items that may contribute to Russia’s military.
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