U.S. widens Russia sanctions over election interference

Washington has introduced new targeted sanctions against Russian citizens, putting them on its blacklist of individuals allegedly involved in a Kremlin-backed campaign to meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other malign activities.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters report that on Wednesday, December 19, the U.S. Treasury Department also announcement that it would lift sanctions on Russian aluminum company Rusal, EuroSibEnergy and EN+ after they have agreed to sever Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s control over them. Meanwhile, Deripaska himself would remain under sanctions.

The latest sanctions targeted 15 members of a Russian military intelligence service and four entities involved in the alleged election interference, the hacking of the World Anti-Doping Agency and other «continued disregard for international norms», the U.S. Treasury wrote in a statement on its website.

In September 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order in September to introduce sanctions on any country or person that tries to interfere in U.S. elections.

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