The US state Department: our new sanctions frustrated contracts of $3 billion?
The US state Department said that because of the sanctions, the Russian military-industrial complex lost about $3 billion After the publication of “Kremlin report” and the indictment in the case of “Russian intervention” in Russia increasingly there are concerns about the introduction of new sanctions. The experts say that Russian businessmen have already felt a greater alertness on the part of foreign partners.
The official representative of U.S. State Department’s Heather Nauert said at a briefing that because of the sanctions against Russia in the framework of the law “On combating the enemies of America by sanctions” military-industrial complex has lost billions of dollars.
“We believe that we can stop the transaction at more than $3 billion Termination of such transactions, in fact, is a punishment. Why? Because it means that less money goes into the Russian budget. Thus, it can be considered a success in terms of attracting Russian accountable,” said Neuert.
Also, the representative noted that the US authorities received an order to minimize business contacts with Russia, especially with the defense-industrial complex of the country.
February 20, U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that Washington is considering the introduction of additional anti-Russian sanctions.
According to him, the United States has “taken steps in accordance with the law “On combating the enemies of America by sanctions” (CAATSA), which prevented a major defense deal Russia”.
Last year was published the sanctions list from 33 defense enterprises and six “intelligence” organizations, in respect of which the restrictions on lending and tightened visa policy.
In January, the U.S. Treasury announced the so-called “Kremlin report”, “revealing” the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin large Russian businessmen and state companies. In an Annex to the report, the authors have made more than two hundred names of senior officials and businessmen. Although the website of the American Department said that the introduction of “the Kremlin list” does not mean the automatic application of sanctions, the Minister of Finance of the USA Stephen Mnuchin assured that Washington will impose sanctions against persons caught in “the Kremlin list”.
It is unclear when it will begin to operate sanctions against the Kremlin mentioned in the report.
But as commented “Газете.Ru” Nikolai Zlobin, head of the Center on global interests in Washington, entrepreneurs are very vulnerable to sanctions: Russian big business extensive partnerships with the West and he has something to lose.
Bloomberg says that after the publication in the United States “Kremlin report” Russian entrepreneurs have noticed that their activities pay more attention. In particular, one unnamed businessman from the list noted that the deal, which should close within a few months, can be broken. Another person involved in the list complained that the report “hit on his reputation.”