Moscow denounces the introduction of new U.S. sanctions on Russian businessmen and companies
Moscow said the sanctions were hostile acts to inlcude new sanctions companies and people over Russia's annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Ukraine, informs Reuters
In a statement, the U.S. Treasury named seven Russian businessmen, six of whom it said were executives at Bank Rossiya or its affiliates ABR Management and Sobinbank. The U.S. Treasury has called Bank Rossiya "the personal bank for officials of the Russian Federation" and had previously sanctioned it and the two affiliates.
The U.S. Treasury also sanctioned several companies and government enterprises for operating in Crimea, including two Russian firms it said were helping to build a multi-billion dollar bridge to link the Russian mainland with the peninsula, a project important to Putin.
The U.S. actions bar American individuals or companies from dealing with the sanctioned people or companies.
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS news agency that the sanctions were hostile acts by the outgoing Obama administration and Russia would expand its sanctions lists against the United States in response.