US impose new sanctions on Russia


20180906_154103United States has imposed new sanctions on Russian officials and companies in connection with Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and other allegations.

The US Department of the Treasury announced on Wednesday that it put 15 Russian intelligence officers and 4 Russian companies on its sanctions list for their involvement in cyberattacks to interfere with the US election and other subversive activities.

Those designated have their assets on US soil frozen and face other penalties.

Moscow has consistently denied the allegations.

In a separate action, the Treasury said it will lift sanctions on 3 Russian firms within 30 days. The department said the companies have significantly diminished the ownership of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who is on the US sanctions list.

The US administration has so far sanctioned a total of 272 Russian-related individuals and entities.

In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States will continue to work with international allies and partners to take collective action to deter and defend against sustained malign activity by Russia, its proxies and intelligence agencies.

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