The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama calls the new sanctions against Russia one of the alternatives of pressure on Moscow for its actions in Syria, but Secretary of state John Kerry said no details about this, but European allies of Washington last week were unable to agree on toughening sanctions. As of Wednesday according to Bloomberg, the US was faced with the fact that in Russia is not on that and not on whom to impose new sanctions.
“The President has the authority to impose sanctions, but Russia has no one left to whom they can be imposed, except that a janitor in the Kremlin,” — said researcher of the Kennan Institute in Washington, Michael Coffman. According to him, from the point of view of expansion of any commercial or financial sanctions the US has already “milked dry”.
US sanctions against Russia already include hundreds of people, from high-ranking allies of President Vladimir Putin to biker Zaldostanov Alexander (Surgeon), reminds Bloomberg. The state Department was forced to issue a conclusion on exemption from sanctions on main Russian exporter of weapons, Rosoboronexport, as imposed restrictive measures has not allowed Afghanistan to get spare parts for their Russian-made helicopters Mi-14.
New sanctions against Moscow suggest the inclusion in the sanctions lists of a larger number of officers of the Armed forces and companies providing weapons for operations in Syria, which would limit the defendants in the list access to the American banks and would deprive them of their travel to the United States. But these measures only cause a smile, as placed under sanctions, the Russians will find other ways for the movement of their money and other places for vacation with the family, emphasizes Bloomberg.
According to Eric Lorber, a lawyer of the office for foreign assets control of the United States, in the sanctions list, you may receive a couple of new names of the Russian officers involved in the Syrian operation involved in the “process of deliberalization” of the situation in the country.
Researcher at the Cato Institute in Washington Emma Afshordi notes that sanctions in General can work, but if we talk about Russia, they were “largely ineffective.”
“The Kremlin has shown no desire to change their behavior after sanctions were imposed, and it is difficult to imagine that additional sanctions will change his approach to Syria,” the expert concluded.