Donald Trump's administration aims to lift the sanctions off Oleg Deripaska, the Ukrainian oligarch well-known for his ties to the Kremlin. However, there's a strong voice against this decision among the Democrats in the Senate. According to Reuters, Chuck Schumer, the leader of this force in the Senate will be soon filing a resolution, urging to disapprove this decision.
“I have concluded that the Treasury Department’s proposal is flawed and fails to sufficiently limit Oleg Deripaska’s control and influence of these companies and the Senate should move to block this misguided effort by the Trump Administration and keep these sanctions in place,” Schumer said in a news release.
Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury of the State stated it would follow the actions of the companies owned by Deripaska.
'Schumer said given Deripaska’s potential involvement with Manafort, and since special counsel, Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia has not yet concluded, ''It’s all the more reason these sanctions must remain in place'', the outlet wrote.
Earlier, New York Times reported that Deripaska was offered assistance in obtaining an American visa in exchange for information on Russian organized crime and possible assistance of the Russian Federation in the Trump election campaign.
From the businessman, the FBI demanded to tell whether his former business partner, ex-head of Donald Trump's campaign headquarters, Paul Manafort, was the link between the electoral headquarters and the Kremlin.