The United States has imposed new sanctions against three individuals and nine entities supporting Russia's role in Ukraine issue.
The Treasury Department on Thursday said in the statement that US imposed sanctions on two Ukrainians, one Russian and nine entities in Ukraine and Russia, which engaged in "serious human rights abuses" or advanced "Russian interest in the Crimea region.""Treasury remains committed to targeting Russian-backed entities that seek to profit from Russia's illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea," said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Xinhua reported.
The sanctions, brought under a 2017 US law known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) aim to impose another round of sanctions on Russia over the latter's involvement in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain in March.
All of these individuals' and entities' property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them, the statement said.
"We consider these restrictions imposed by the United States on Russia to be illegal, and we will also treat accordingly similar steps if they follow," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Amid the ongoing US sanctions on Russia and Washington's recent stance on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the relations between Washington and Moscow have been strained.
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