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    U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine in the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War.

    The Treasury Department also is imposing sanctions on four Ukrainians — including former President Viktor Yanukovych, a former top Ukrainian presidential adviser and two Crimea-based separatist leaders — under existing authority under a previous Obama order. Senior administration officials also said they are working to identify what they called "Russian government cronies" to target the assets of those supporting the Crimea unrest, including individuals working in the arms industry.

    Obama was to make a statement Monday from the White House.

    The administration officials said Putin wasn't sanctioned despite his support of the Crimean referendum because the U.S. doesn't usually begin with heads of state. But the officials, speaking to reporters on a conference call on the condition they not be quoted by name, say those sanctioned are very close to Putin and that the sanctions are "designed to hit close to home."

    The U.S. announcement came shortly after the European Union announced travel bans and asset freezes on 21 people they have linked to the unrest in Crimea. Obama administration officials say there is some overlap between the U.S. and European list, which wasn't immediately made public.

    "Today's actions also serve as notice to Russia that unless it abides by its international obligations and returns its military forces to their original bases and respects Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the United States is prepared to take additional steps to impose further political and economic costs," the statement said.....snip~

    U.S. announces sanctions against Russian officials
    Associated Press – 27 mins ago <<<<< March 17 2014.

    The US and EU have gone ahead with the Sanctions.....also the US is accusing the Russians of Rigging the vote. Team Obama says there is some concrete evidence that some ballots for the referendum arrived pre-marked in many cities and "there are massive anomalies in the vote." Yet they could not bring forth any evidence with the Allegation.

    Now we have threatened Putin that if doesn't pull out with his troops we will continue with more Sanctions against him. Now will Putin follow thru with what he has told us? Do you think these sanctions that target people close to Putin. Will stop or persuade Putin to change course?

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Crimean Crisis: Russia Threatens to Abandon US Dollar And Dump American Debt - disinformation

    One should be wary and careful of unintended consequences. This little blog is a bias source, they were referring to a quote on "Voice of Russia" from an economic adviser of Putin. It should be noted Govt spox for Russia disavowed this threat, but just the fact someone tossed out the trial balloon is worthy of noting.

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine in the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War.

    The Treasury Department also is imposing sanctions on four Ukrainians — including former President Viktor Yanukovych, a former top Ukrainian presidential adviser and two Crimea-based separatist leaders — under existing authority under a previous Obama order. Senior administration officials also said they are working to identify what they called "Russian government cronies" to target the assets of those supporting the Crimea unrest, including individuals working in the arms industry.

    Obama was to make a statement Monday from the White House.

    The administration officials said Putin wasn't sanctioned despite his support of the Crimean referendum because the U.S. doesn't usually begin with heads of state. But the officials, speaking to reporters on a conference call on the condition they not be quoted by name, say those sanctioned are very close to Putin and that the sanctions are "designed to hit close to home."

    The U.S. announcement came shortly after the European Union announced travel bans and asset freezes on 21 people they have linked to the unrest in Crimea. Obama administration officials say there is some overlap between the U.S. and European list, which wasn't immediately made public.

    "Today's actions also serve as notice to Russia that unless it abides by its international obligations and returns its military forces to their original bases and respects Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the United States is prepared to take additional steps to impose further political and economic costs," the statement said.....snip~

    U.S. announces sanctions against Russian officials
    Associated Press – 27 mins ago <<<<< March 17 2014.

    The US and EU have gone ahead with the Sanctions.....also the US is accusing the Russians of Rigging the vote. Team Obama says there is some concrete evidence that some ballots for the referendum arrived pre-marked in many cities and "there are massive anomalies in the vote." Yet they could not bring forth any evidence with the Allegation.

    Now we have threatened Putin that if doesn't pull out with his troops we will continue with more Sanctions against him. Now will Putin follow thru with what he has told us? Do you think these sanctions that target people close to Putin. Will stop or persuade Putin to change course?
    Sanctioning 21 people might be painful, if they are tough. Some of those guys have quite a bit of money outside the country. But what we are really showing the Russians is that the EU does not have the political will to do anything much. Germany and a couple of smaller countries have through corruption and negligence let themselves become far too dependent on Russian energy and cannot do anything worth while. So they can hardly stand up against, what they say is a breach of international law and a violation of human rights.

    And never forget. This was triggered by the EU and it must be their's to fix. It is not a monkey the US should want on its shoulder.

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    Crimean Crisis: Russia Threatens to Abandon US Dollar And Dump American Debt - disinformation

    One should be wary and careful of unintended consequences. This little blog is a bias source, they were referring to a quote on "Voice of Russia" from an economic adviser of Putin. It should be noted Govt spox for Russia disavowed this threat, but just the fact someone tossed out the trial balloon is worthy of noting.
    Ha! So what is Russia going to use as currency when they buy and sell internationally? The Ruble? What are they going to invest their money in if not US securities? Empty threat is empty.
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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    Ha! So what is Russia going to use as currency when they buy and sell internationally? The Ruble? What are they going to invest their money in if not US securities? Empty threat is empty.
    Mornin' ILR. Russia and China have already been accepting each others currency and going around the US Dollar.....they may have some worries but they have been working on them for years.

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Is it really common to sanction individuals?

    I don't think I have Heard that before.

    What if another country didn't like some US decisión? Could another country sanction US officials and what would the President do about it?

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Putin considers Obama embarrassingly weak, and this pretty much proves he's right.

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Is it really common to sanction individuals?

    I don't think I have Heard that before.

    What if another country didn't like some US decisión? Could another country sanction US officials and what would the President do about it?


    Mornin' Mason. According to Team Obama.....there is overlap with our and the EU's list. But the EU did sanction 21 people.


    Administration officials say those Obama targeted also are key political players in Russia also responsible for the country's tightening of human rights and civil liberties in the country. Obama's order targets were:

    — Vladislav Surkov, a Putin aide

    — Sergey Glazyev, a Putin adviser

    — Leonid Slutsky, a state Duma deputy

    — Andrei Klishas, member of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

    — Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Federation Council

    — Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation.

    — Yelena Mizulina, a state Duma deputy.....snip~

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Mornin' ILR. Russia and China have already been accepting each others currency and going around the US Dollar.....they may have some worries but they have been working on them for years.
    Last I read, China may have 6,000 tons of gold on hand. Yep, they have been planning on doing something for a long, long time! They'd like to have the yuan included in a new basket of currencies, backed by gold, in place of the US dollar, and major world newspapers, including those in the US, are finally starting to editorialize this news.

    BTW, China also has agreements with Brazil, Australia, and South Africa, among others, to bypass the dollar in certain transactions.

    Greetings, MMC.

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    Re: U.S. announces Sanctions against Russian Officials......

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Mornin' ILR. Russia and China have already been accepting each others currency and going around the US Dollar.....they may have some worries but they have been working on them for years.
    Sure but exports to China make up 7% of Russian exports. As far as the other 93% of Russian exports a lot of that is Western Europe and other countries which won't be willing to take Rubles. I find it hard to believe that Russia won't have to depend on the Yen, Euro, or Dollar to do the vast majority of their importing/exporting. I don't see them refusing dollars and not putting those dollars in US securities. I'm not sure what national debt they would invest in that has the same type of security as a western European nation or US. The only clout Russia really has economically is petroleum. Even then it's the Eurozone that is most susceptible to any disruptions.
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