The United States now enjoy the right to introduce the sanctions against companies having business with Russian enterprises working in the defense industry. Heather Nauert, the Department of the State's spokeswoman said that at a briefing.
'January 29 was the start date for this,' State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. 'It was not a deadline to impose new sanctions on Russia. The fact that we did not impose sanctions on the very first day that we had authority should, by no means, be interpreted as evidence that we will not impose sanctions in the future'.
Previously, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said that new restrictions against Russia’s high-ranked officials and oligarchs will follow after the release of the ‘Kremlin report’.
As is known, the U.S. Treasury presented the 'Kremlin report' at the consideration by the U.S. Congress. The list contains 210 names, mostly the people from the close circle of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. These are top officials, leaders of state-run companies and 96 oligarchs. Among them are presidential secretary Dmitriy Peskov, presidential counselor Vladislav Surkov and many others. The U.S. Treasury added that there will be no automatic introduction of sanctions against these individuals, however, the risk increases.