The US water down some sanctions against Russia but not against Crimea


The US Ministry of Finance has eased the sanctions against the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, imposed for the cyber attacks during the American elections at the end of 2016.

The website of the Ministry reports that “some previously prohibited cooperation with the FSB” is now permitted. In particular, licensing operations of electronics export.

At the same time it is still prohibited to export, to re-export and to supply any goods or equipment as well as to render services to Crimea.

It was reported that on December 29, 2016 former US President Barack Obama had introduced the sanctions against the FSB and the GRU (the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff), as well as against their chiefs for the intervention of the Russian security services in the American elections.

Later it was reported that the United States sanctions imposed against the FSB had endangered import of electronics to Russia due to the FSB was responsible for the importation of any devices with encryption functions.

As we have informed, United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the United States would maintain the sanctions against Russia for the annexation of Crimea until Russia stopped occupying the peninsula.

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