US Unveils New Sanctions Against 7 Russians, 17 Companies

Tyler Durden's picture

U.S. sanctions, to be announced today, will target Russian individuals and companies involved in financial, energy, infrastructure sectors, congressional official familiar with White House plan tells Bloomberg’s Jonathan Allen.


As we already noted it appears Rosneft and Gazprom (and Gazprombank) will be among the companies but the one to watch is for a direct sanction against Vladimir Putin himself. Full list to follow... and then the blowback.


President Barack Obama said earlier today in Manila that the U.S. is “moving forward with an expanded list of individuals and companies that will be affected by sanctions. They will remain targeted. It will also focus on some areas of high-tech defense exports to Russia.”

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States has taken further action today in response to Russia’s continued illegal intervention in Ukraine and provocative acts that undermine Ukraine’s democracy and threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.  At the contact group meeting in Geneva on April 17, 2014, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union decided on a number of steps to deescalate the situation in eastern Ukraine, including refraining from further violence or provocative acts.   Since April 17, Russia has done nothing to meet its Geneva commitments and in fact has further escalated the crisis.  Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable.
The United States made clear it would impose additional costs on Russia if it failed live up to its Geneva commitments and take concrete steps to deescalate the situation in Ukraine.  Consequently, today the United States is imposing targeted sanctions on a number of Russian individuals and entities and restricting licenses for certain U.S. exports to Russia.  The Department of the Treasury is imposing sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including two members of President Putin’s inner circle, who will be subject to an asset freeze and a U.S. visa ban, and 17 companies linked to Putin’s inner circle, which will be subject to an asset freeze.  In addition, the Department of Commerce has imposed additional restrictions on 13 of those companies by imposing a license requirement with a presumption of denial for the export, re-export or other foreign transfer of U.S.-origin items to the companies.  Further, today the Departments of Commerce and State have announced a tightened policy to deny export license applications for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities.  Those Departments also will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions.
The international community has been unified in its position that Russia must cease its illegal intervention and provocative actions in Ukraine.  The United States, working closely with its partners, remains prepared to impose still greater costs on Russia if the Russian leadership continues these provocations instead of de-escalating the situation, consistent with its Geneva commitments.  The executive order signed by the President on March 20, 2014, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions on individuals and entities operating in key sectors of the Russian economy, such as financial services, energy, metals and mining, engineering, and defense.  If there is further Russian military intervention in Ukraine, we are prepared to sanction entities under this authority.

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A_Nejad's picture

oooo Now I'm scared!!

Latina Lover's picture

Sanctions are an act of War.  So is the relentless lying anti russian propaganda.  The USSA Military/Industrial/Cyberspying complex needs a new war to suck money from hapless taxpayers, now that the bogeyman of muslim terrorism has gone stale, hitting its sell by date.

Counting down on the military Draft.....10, 9,...


SumTing Wong's picture

So is this the "double secret probation" that we were so worried about?

Don't you know that Putin and his cronies are laughing at this crap? 

Arius's picture

wondered what is going with muppets ???


they tried to push gold lower and somehow it is helding above water (1300) ... wondered whats up???? 

any muppets out there to give us a heads up?

I am more equal than others's picture




This is a similar path that the US used to get into WWII.  Wow, history may not repeat but it sure does ryhme.

kaiserhoff's picture

Are we at war with Russia?  Under what theory, pretext, or color of law does Obama steal from Russian citizens and companies?

Doña K's picture

Japan retaliated with Pearl harbor after the US oil blockade of Japan. (Crash the zaibatsu was the plan) Who is going to crash the American beltway bandits Zaibatsu and the MIC now?  

Masters of deception, merchants of wars, to cover up their mess.

Proofreder's picture

It's NOT stealing,

it's just a sanction.

There, no authorization necessary, bitchez!

DeadFred's picture

Executive orders. Don't you guys read? He just decides what he wants to do and issues the order. I guess more accurately he's told what he wants to do then issues the order. Better for the golf game that way.

swmnguy's picture

We've always been at war with EastAsia.  Or Eurasia.  Whatever.

astoriajoe's picture

I think I saw Fozzy Bear around earlier. He had his teeth all blinged out with gold and diamonds, so I guess we know a few muppets are still buying gold.

pods's picture

Gotta do something to hide the deline.

Ain't like things are all gumdrops and daisies over in the US.



machineh's picture

Butting into other peoples' quarrels.

It's a signature policy ... of EGOTISTICAL ASSHOLES.

knukles's picture

I wanna do a tee shirt


Center picture:  Humongoliod fireball and cars blowing up all over, mayhem, death incarnate

Words surrounding the fireball picture:  There's nothing like mass death and destruction

Across the fireball;  at NASCAR

Kinda plays to the sense of over entertained and underinformed nature of the citizenry

Truther's picture

C'mon Knukles.... Big O will classify you as a TRRRRST and will impose sanctions on you.

Clycntct's picture

And snarf your tee shirt.

WillyGroper's picture

Great idea.

Some WB7 images.

Might wake up a few Rumpelstiltskins.

Omen IV's picture

There will be NO draft!  That is the point where they lose complete control of the masses - so they wont do it

The draft stopped the War in Vietnam and caused all the riots 1967-1970 - the military nor the politicians ended the war - it was kids on the street.

we are at the point where Obama has NO credibility with his party, the progressives, EU allies nor around the world  - his presidency is the lamest lame duck in history and completely despised  

so extreme move is possible nothing to lose - they will push Putin to take military action  - response could be anything

ElvisDog's picture

I have a feeling that this whole thing is just a Kabuki theatre on both sides. The Russian and U.S. Oligarchs don't need an actual shooting war. They just need escalating "tensions" that can be breathlessly drilled into their people's heads with the corporate owned media in both countries to keep their populations on board with continued and expanding state control.

Nexus789's picture

If they exchanged nukes no point in the draft. You fight with what you have.

buzzsaw99's picture

everybody loves the imperialist swine

youngman's picture

I bet Russia does not send a representative to the Miss Universe Contest this year....that will show us whos boss..

RafterManFMJ's picture

As in all tragedies, it's the nubile hotties that suffer the most.

Gavrikon's picture

Yes, the NAS will probably attack  

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Gazprom sponsors the Champions League and Chelsea. So what are they going to do, ban the Champions League? Ban Chelsea? Haha

johnnyarrowmaker's picture

Gazprom sponsoring the Champions league, so sanctions will be an own goal then?

butchee's picture

I have a soft spot in my heart for the post AIG collapse Man U kit.

youngman's picture

How is their stock doing...was that a good IPO???


Winston Churchill's picture

Chelsea fans are the modern day Visigoths.
Safer to try to rip off the Russian Mafia than upset

...out of space's picture

any bets, how will this time  US saction blow US in a face?

Bernoulli's picture

US sanctions will blow mostly in Berlins and Brussels faces...

Truther's picture

Like a LNG canister....

Whoa Dammit's picture

Gasoline prices will spike in a floundering economy.

Overfed's picture

It's already up to $4/gal here in my neck of FEMA region X.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

$4.35 today here. But that's ok, we Californians are all rich and feel dutiful to pay more to support those less fortunate.


Dr. Engali's picture

It's a good thing we have a Nobel peace prize citizen if the world in the white house. Zero is busy making friends and influencing people around the world.

buzzsaw99's picture

there are no terrorists in saudi arabia [/sarc.]

Ban KKiller's picture

The idle young are getting tired of the mall scene though, beware!

knukles's picture

Like smack, once you try mayhem, you can never stop.

Winston Churchill's picture

Obozo just got nowhere on his far east goodwill tour.
Saving Obozo's 'face' could kill us all.
Such a worthy cause to die for.

buzzsaw99's picture

i don't mind dying as long as dc and wall street get their's first

Dr. Engali's picture

I would respond with my thoughts, but I don't want  the knock on my door from the black suits and drug off to FEMA camp six.


I love our NSA overlords.

machineh's picture

All well and good. But have you hugged your HKIC (Head Kenyan In Charge) today?

Boxed Merlot's picture

My up arrow click is registered, recorded and credited to me too, right?

Cattender's picture

Russians are NAUGHTY!!!!

Ban KKiller's picture

Just protect the war profiteers right? 

I am one who thinks war is to hide corruption. Rumsfeld spoke about missing money at the Pentagon on September 10th. Office investigating was destroyed. BIS, is it safe? Gosh, wouldn't want them harmed.

BadDog's picture

On Sept. 10, 2001, Rumsfield disclosed that there was $2.3 trillion missing from the pentagon.  On the morning of the next day all of that was sweep away never to be heard of again except among conspiracy theorist.

Zwelgje's picture

"What difference does it make!"