Trump admin declines to impose new Russia sanctions

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In this January 26, 2018, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia.

"By deterring countries from acquiring Russian military and intelligence equipment we are denying Russia the proceeds from those sales, which it would use to continue its worldwide campaign of malign influence and destabilization", the State Department official stressed earlier.

World governments have canceled billions of dollars in potential deals with Russian arms companies, the USA government said Monday, arguing there is no need for new sanctions to deter them.

None of them, it turned out, as the State Department has determined that the mere threat of U.S. action or secondary sanctions had deterred such transactions.

The administration faced a deadline on Monday to impose sanctions on anyone determined to conduct significant business with Russian defense and intelligence sectors, already sanctioned for their alleged role in the election.

It did so in October but on Monday was supposed to announce which United States or foreign firms or governments would face sanctions for dealing with the blacklisted Russian security sector entities.

The Trump administration indicated on Monday that it would not seek specific sanctions against Russian operatives for its meddling in the 2016 USA election.

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Nauert said additional sanctions on specific individuals and groups associated with the Kremlin for Russian interference in the 2016 USA election "will not need to be imposed".

The representative with the Department of State said that this sanctions program "will continue until Russian Federation addresses to the satisfaction of Congress and this Administration the provocative and destabilizing actions that led to this legislation".

President Donald Trump's administration also did not make public reports required by Monday under the bill he reluctantly signed into law on August 2, just six months into his presidency. It's been informally referred to as the "Putin list".

"Foreign government and private sector entities have been put on notice, both publicly and privately, including by the highest-level State Department and other US government officials where appropriate, that significant transactions with listed Russian entities will result in sanctions", she said.

"The Department of Treasury does plan to act today to issue a report and take this process the next step forward", White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah told CNN's "New Day" Monday morning.

And it must provide an "assessment of the relationship between individuals identified. and President Vladimir Putin or other members of the Russian ruling elite" and an "identification of any indices of corruption with respect to those individuals".

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