The United States introduced new package of sanctions against higher officials of the Russian Federation and companies connected with these people.
Such statement was made by the White House press secretary Jay Carney, TV channel '24' reports.
The US list of sanctions was entered by Deputy PM Kozak, chairman of Rosneft Ihor Sechin, first deputy chief of Kremlin Vyacheslav Volodin, Presidential envoy Oleg Belaventsev, chief of the Federal Protective Service Evgeny Murov, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov.
As Carney states, sanctions were imposed due to Crimea's annexation, which is not recognized by United States, as well as Russia’s stance towards Ukraine.
“Starting from April 17, Russia did not do anything to fulfill Geneva agreement, quite the reverse; they even fueled the crisis,” Carney said, claiming Russia’s involvement in violence in Ukraine’s east is “undeniable”.
“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 US-origin items to the companies, - the White House representative claimed. Furthermore, they will refuse Russia’s export license, which “can assist Russia’s military potential.”