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July 31, 2015

Obama Announces Russia Sanctions, Warns More to Come

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With congressional action delayed and Russia appearing on the verge of annexing Crimea, President Barack Obama announced a new round of sanctions against the Russian government Monday.

“We are making it clear that there are consequences for their actions,” Obama said. Eleven people, including seven government officials and other “cronies” of the government, have been sanctioned in the dispute over Ukraine, prohibiting them from doing business with the United States and freezing their assets.

“Further provocations will achieve nothing,” Obama said, except to deepen Russia’s isolation. The United States stands ready to impose additional sanctions, he said.

The president said Russia can instead choose a diplomatic path on the future of Ukraine and Obama said he believes negotiations could protect both Russia’s interests and Ukraine’s. He also said that Ukraine’s leaders are prepared to engage in constitutional reform that would address the status of Crimea, but Russia stands alone in its actions to date.

While the administration touted the sanctions as the toughest since the end of the Cold War, they aren’t particularly broad — yet. And they don’t target Russian President Vladimir Putin himself.

They come as Congress left town without acting on legislation the administration backed, including sanctions language and authority to tap the International Monetary Fund for loans to Ukraine. That had prompted Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to blast his fellow Republicans for gumming up the works ahead of their recess.

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  1. Aegius

    March 17, 2014
    11:20 a.m.

    Russia…population 143 million. We sanction 11 people. I’m sure their country is devastated.

  2. AlanMacDonald

    March 17, 2014
    11:51 a.m.

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    (that integrated but guileful; corporate, financial, militarist,
    media/propaganda, extra-legal, and Vichy political Global Empire, that
    has ‘captured’ and now fully “Occupies” our former country) is now
    calling on Putin not to try to build an EMPIRE!

    Wow, Secret Agent 008 really has his mojo (and hypocrisy) in overdrive today on the monopoly of global propaganda TV.

    Best luck and love to the fast expanding ‘Occupy the Empire’
    educational and non-violent revolutionary movement against this
    deceitful and Disguised Global EMPIRE, which can’t so easily be
    identified as wearing Red Coats, Red Stars, nor funny looking Nazi
    helmets —- quite YET!

    Liberty, democracy, justice, and equality
    Violent (‘Vichy’ disguised)

    Alan MacDonald
    Sanford, Maine

    We don’t merely have a “Big Money”/Citizens United

    problem, or a domestic tyranny and NSA SPYING problem, or a gun/fear
    problem, or an MIC problem, or an ‘Austerity’ problem, or an EXPANDING
    WARS problem, or a ‘drone assassinations’ problem, or a vast income
    & wealth inequality problem, or a Wall Street ‘looting’ problem, or a
    Global Warming and environmental death-spiral problem, or the world’s
    largest political prisoner problem, or a crappy un-healthy insurance
    problem, or, or, or … ad nauseam — but what we REALLY have is a
    hidden VEMPIRE cancerous tumor of GLOBAL EMPIRE which is the prime CAUSE
    of all these underlying, related, and mere ‘symptom problems’.

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