January 30, 2018
The Trump Administration has published a list of senior politicians and oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin as part of a sanctions law designed to punish Russia for interfering in the US election.
The list – published just before midnight last night – includes 114 senior figures in President Putin’s government and 96 oligarchs worth over $1 billion each.
But President Putin has blasted the US for releasing the list, calling it a ‘hostile step’ that would further complicate US-Russian ties as well as international relations in general.
‘I am offended, you know,’ Putin joked with supporters today after mentioning that his own name was not on the list.
Putin Press Secretary Dmitriy Peskov – who is himself on the list – said the release was a ‘direct and obvious’ attempt by the US to influence Russia’s upcoming presidential election.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 9:21 am