The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department extended the sanctions against Russia due to the supplies of the aviation fuel to the Russian forces acting in Syria as the department reported.
“Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated one entity, three individuals, and five vessels participating in a sanctions evasion scheme to facilitate the delivery of jet fuel to Russian forces operating in Syria,” the message said.
Particularly, the OFAC determined Maritime Assistance firm, which is the front company supporting American Sovfracht Company. Besides, Yaz, Sig, Sudak, Passat and OT-2077 faced the sanctions.
Besides, Sovfracht is behind the conspiracy on the sanctions evasion organized by three individuals for payments and facilitation of the aviation fuel supplies to Russian forces operation in Syria in support of Assad’s government.
““Treasury is targeting a sanctions evasion scheme that includes front companies, vessels and conspirators who have been facilitating the illicit transfer of jet fuel to the Russian military in Syria. Assad’s despotic regime is under an international spotlight for using chemical weapons and committing atrocities against innocent Syrian civilians,” Sigal Mandelker, the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence said.
Mandelker noted that the U.S. is determined to cut off access to the international financial system for those who conspired to violate the sanctions, including those who enable the brutal war machine in Syria.
Earlier U.S. Charge d'Affairs in Ukraine William Taylor believes that anti-Russian sanctions are not enough to make Russia to leave Donbas or Crimea. Taylor underlined that there are more extended sanctions, which may be imposed against Russia by the international society.