The US has announced additional sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs with direct ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with 12 companies they own or control. The news comes as a shock to many who have witnessed Donald Trump’s love affair with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The measures announced on Friday by the Treasury Department were also aimed at 17 senior Russian government officials and the state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport.
CNN (@cnn) reports, the punitive actions are the latest escalating step by the US to punish Putin’s inner circle for interfering in the 2016 US Presidential election and other ongoing aggressions across the globe in Crimea, Ukraine,and Syria.
“We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful.” US President Donald Trump said in a statement released by the White House. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin cited Russia’s occupation in Crimea and its ongoing efforts to supply the Assad regime in Syria with materials and weapons in a statement announcing the sanctions.