aside Breaking: US Enacting Overdue Sanctions Against Russia On 14th Of March 2018

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PM THERESA MAY

On the backdrop of UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May ‘s tough stance against Russia’s recent chemical attack on 2 Russian ex-pats who ended up being hospitalized in critical condition and about two hundred individuals who were nearby victims, the US Treasurer Steven Mnuchin is finally announcing  an overdue list of sanctions as a retaliatory measure against Russia for its 2016 attack on the US presidential election’s infrastructure with its goal to sow discord, chaos and division among the American peoples and to effect its outcome.

The US Treasurer Mr. Mnuchin did admit that further sanctions are under consideration. It is interesting to note that Russian nationals and entities listed in the February 2018 FBI’s indictments are included in these sanctions against Russia.

See: Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Interference with the US 2016 Elections 

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STEVEN MNUCHIN

Here is the rest of the story…

On March 15, 2018, Gregory Korte of USA Today penned the following report, “U.S. sanctions Russia for 2016 election interference and other cyber activity”

Excerpts:

“The Trump administration on Thursday (3/14/18) sanctioned a number of Russian entities for a wide range of behavior that U.S. officials say has sought to disrupt Western governments — including the attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

“Among the five entities sanctioned by the Treasury Department Thursday is the Internet Research Agency, which was indicted by a grand jury last month as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian efforts. Officials say it’s a propaganda outfit that used fake identities to pose as Americans on social media, in order to sew divisiveness during the campaign.”

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new round of sanctions shows that the Trump administration is “confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure.”

Also cited in the sanctions: the NotPetya cyber-attack, which affected hospitals and disrupted shipping and was been attributed to the Russian military in February.

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“The sanctions freeze any assets of the Russian agents held in U.S. dollars, and block U.S. citizens from engaging in business with them.”

“It’s the first round of sanctions announced by the United States since Congress passed a Russia sanctions bill last year — a bill President Trump signed only reluctantly in the face of a veto-proof congressional majority.”

“Officials said the sanctions had been in the works for weeks, but the timing comes just as the United States condemned Russia for its use of nerve agent to poison a double agent in the United Kingdom, signing on to a joint statement as a sign of solidarity with European allies.” 

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“That statement closes a gap that had emerged between the United States and the United Kingdom in recent days, as the White House appeared to stop short of blaming Russia for the attack.”

“Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned in the southern English town of Salisbury earlier this month. The attack had all the fingerprints of a Russian spy operation, especially in its use of a military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia and banned by an international treaty on chemical weapons.”

“We share the UK assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia´s failure to address the legitimate request by the UK government further underlines its responsibility,” the four allied countries said in the joint statement. “We call on Russia to address all questions related to the attack in Salisbury.”

Earlier this week, the White House pointedly declined to finger Russia for the attack. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Raj Shah took a step further, saying it appeared that “Russia did commit this act based on all the evidence that Britain has available.”

On Wednesday, the U.K. expelled 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the attack.

Related article:

Ex-double agent poisoned. Now, Russia and U.K. are battling. Here’s how we got here

15 comments

  1. Gronda, it is about time. I think you are right about the interesting timing. There are three likely scenarios: 1) these sanctions have been in the works at the President’s specific direction; 2) people like Kelly, Mattis, Pompeo, etc. have been pushing for sanctions and had a plan they developed waiting for the President’s go ahead; or 3) the President said work on a plan in case we need it.

    Based on his insistence the whole Russia investigation was a hoax (not just the part about him), the lack of demonstrable condemnation toward Russia and letting the sanctions requirement wanted by Congress lapse, the more believable scenario is #2. I think he is embarassed (and envious) by the forcefulness and reaction to Theresa May acting that he relented to the pressure by his staff. My further guess is he is not aware that the people sanctioned are the ones Mueller indicted (that one detail may infuriate him once it is pointed out). Call me crazy, but that is what I believe went down. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You could be right in your analysis.

      He should be embarrassed that it took PM May to act first which made him look like a weenie. Then there is the new guy, Mr Pompeo who is not an apologist for Russia who may have gotten away with explaining to him that he had to act.

      Then there is the exit of Mr.Tillerson. What the press has missed is that Exxon walked completely away from the 2011-2012 Exxon Rosneft deal around the 1st of March 2018. My suspicion has been that Mr. Trump may have had a stake in this deal which just went south.

      Frankly, I’m befuddled. These sanctions are not close to being adequate but this is more than I expected from our president.

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  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    IMO the timing of this move is suspicious, as well as the way it was announced. This action should have been a function of the state dept, not the treasury dept, or at least the announcement should have been by the diplomatic core of the state dept. I fear that this is not what it appears to be, and is instead a some what false flag event, chosen at this time to allow the removal of several more members of the kings cartel. The rumors are that Session is next on the chopping block, thus clearing the way for the removal of Mueller and ending the investigation of the man currently in the oval office. My reasoning for this is based on several factors, the first being the bogus ending of the house’s investigation by the GOP leadership of the committee with the consent of the speaker of the house, and the removal of Tillerson, combined with this latest move to sell the idea to the GOP base that there is nothing to the investigation and it is time to end it. Will congress stand idly by and allow this to happen, my money is because they are so desperate to complete their mission of total control they will simply attempt to sweep it under the table. Will their gamble win? The odds at this time are about 50/50, and as fickle as the American public is, impossible to predict!

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      You could be right because I’m certain that this is what he wants to do. He needs to be blocked..

      I know that rumors abound about the firing of AG Sessions, Defense Secretary James Mattis, NSA H.R. McMaster and his Chief of Staff General John Kelly. Also HUD Sec. Carson and Interior Sec. are at risk.

      On Senator Grassley’s website there is a letter signed by himself, and Senators Thom Tillis, John Cornyn, Lindsey Graham that smells like a tactic to preserve AG Session’s job but I could be wrong.

      The rumor-mill is working over time.

      What idiots are going to replace the above individuals. This is a pivotal time.

      Thanks for the reference about the subpoenas. I did post a blog on this. It is interesting as to why Mr. Mueller decided on this approach.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Dear Gronda,

        You ask why Mr. Mueller decided on this approach, my guess he has done this for much the same reason as the indictments recently, as a defensive measure to preserve the continuation on the investigation, he needs to put some meat on the bones so to speak. This subpoena forces some protection for his team from the firing by King Donnie. It is now much more difficult for King Donnie to continue to claim that this is a witch hunt and there is no evidence that has been found. It makes it much harder (but with these corrupt fools in power not impossible) to tell the general public that it is time to stop the investigation. I suspect that over the next few weeks we will have a pretty good idea as to what the cartel will do about the investigation..

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      President Trump has been resistant to push back on Russia but I suspect that others are giving him an ultimatum. He can’t continue to cover for Russia when the Kremlin crosses too many lines.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      He has not tweeted about sanctions pertaining to Russia or the porn star, Ms Daniels. This tells you who he is really scared of to where he is mum on the subject.

      Hugs,Gronda

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  3. Maybe someone got through to him that a fellow member of NATO suffered an attack by banned substances and that all rational indication point to the source being within Russia.
    He could hardly stand by and be in denial.
    I have to say ‘Something is better than nothing’
    (You have to leave the denial kick up to a grouping within the UK Left-Wing who act in a similar manner to the Alt.Right in the US; ie-that it is all an internal plot- I have no political home!)

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  4. Dear Roger,

    I am so grateful for UK Prime Minister Theresa May for taking a stance which forced the US president to do something, anything. I do believe the sanctions need to have more bite where President Putin actually feels some pain.

    For right now, you are right. Something is better than nothing.

    Hugs, Gronda

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