Moscow promises 'tough response' to new American sanctions on Russian oligarchs

US hits Russia with fresh sanctions over 'malign activity' including Crimea and Bashar Assad support

Moscow said on Friday it would respond firmly to new United States sanctions imposed against Russian businessmen, companies and government officials.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said this week that talks were continuing between Trump and his lawyers about a possible interview with Mueller. "As the president has said, he wants to have a good relationship with Russian Federation", a White House statement said.

The measures were taken under a USA law passed to punish Russian Federation for its alleged bid to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, engage in cyber-warfare and intervene in Ukraine and Syria.

In parallel, and to Trump's fury, former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller has been empowered as a special prosecutor to investigate possible collusion between the president's campaign and Russian Federation.

No measures of pressure will derail Russia from its chosen path and they only demonstrate the inability of the United States to achieve its goals and consolidate the Russian society, it said.

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that Mr Deripaska was among the individuals and firms being punished for the "ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern" of bad behaviour by Moscow, including accusations of involvement in the nerve agent attack in Salisbury and alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Those being punished are not necessarily involved in the Russian actions in Syria, Ukraine or elsewhere that have drawn consternation from the West.

U.S. imposes sanctions against Russian oligarchs and government officials
Last month, the United States targeted 19 Russians and five other entities with sanctions in the first use of the law. Shamalov is married to Putin's daughter, Katerina Tikhonova.

- Kirill Shamalov, who is reportedly Mr Putin's son-in-law, married to his daughter Katerina Tikhonova, although neither Mr Putin nor the Kremlin have acknowledged that she is his daughter. Both Miller and Kostin are longtime key members of Putin's team.

The state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport and Russian Financial Corporation Bank were also targeted under new sanctions. Many other targets were associated with Russia's energy sector.

As a result of the punishment, all assets of the designated persons and entities that are subject to USA jurisdiction are frozen, and US persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.

But the administration said it would give guidance to Americans who may now have business with them about how to wind down that business and avoid running afoul of the sanctions.

The U.S. also has punished Russian Federation for other troubling activity, including its alleged involvement in the poisoning an ex-spy with a military-grade nerve agent in Britain.

Trump's administration reacted by expelling 60 Russians they accused of being spies working under diplomatic cover and Moscow responded in kind.

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