What has happened?
The U.S. struck at the heart of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle on Friday, imposing sanctions on seven of Russia’s most influential oligarchs and stoking a diplomatic crisis that some have dubbed a new Cold War.
In all, seven oligarchs, 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian officials and a state-owned arms export company
Why US is taking this action?
- In response to the totality of the Russian government’s ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern of malign activity across the world
- This included their occupation of Crimea, instigation of violence in eastern Ukraine, support for the Assad regime in Syria and ongoing malicious cyber-activity
- Russia’s continued attacks to subvert western democracies
- Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. election
Moscow on Saturday promised a “tough response” to new United States’ sanctions imposed on seven of Russia’s most influential oligarchs following the diplomatic crisis sparked by the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal