‘MALIGN AGENDA’

U.S. Hits Russia With New Sanctions for Crimea Annexation

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced new sanctions over Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. The list includes Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities believed to be involved with the Kremlin’s efforts in Crimea. “The United States is leveraging new authorities to target Russian actors for serious human rights abuses in parts of Ukraine that the United States government has determined are forcibly occupied or otherwise controlled by the Russian government, and other reprehensible acts in furtherance of the Kremlin’s malign agenda,” said Sigal Mandelker, the under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. The announcement comes ahead of a potential meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin when they travel to France next weekend for Armistice Day celebrations.