November 23, 2014

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US announces sanctions against Russian officials

President Barack Obama speaks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks about the ongoing situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

The sanctions were expected after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly Sunday in favor of the split. Crimea’s parliament on Monday declared the region an independent state. The administration officials say 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.” The officials did not say what that evidence was.

The United States, European Union and others say the action violates the Ukrainian constitution and international law and took place in the strategic peninsula under duress of Russian military intervention. Putin maintained that the vote was legal and consistent with the right of self-determination, according to the Kremlin.

The administration officials said they will be looking at additional sanctions if Russia moves to annex Crimea or takes other action. Those targeted will have all U.S. assets frozen and no one in the United States can do business with them under Obama’s order.

“Today’s actions send a strong message to the Russian government that there are consequences for their actions that violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including their actions supporting the illegal referendum for Crimean separation,” the White House said in a statement.

“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.

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


  • SniperFire

    ‘ President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials’

    Yeah, that will stop Putin. The Russian stock market is rallying at this laughable response.

    What a freaking joke of a POTUS.

    • Vision

      Feel free to enlighten the rest of us with the credible sources and links that prove, “The Russian stock market is rallying at this laughable response.”

      • SniperFire

        You are overmatched, dude.

        ‘Obama Announces New Sanctions Against Russia; Russian Stock Market Promptly Rallies’

        http://www.ijreview.com/2014/03/121925-obama-announces-sanctions-russia-russian-stock-market-promptly-rallies-weak-sanctions-2/

        • Vision

          That statement was made by Greg White. He is Moscow’s Bureau Chief at The Wall Street Journal, located in the Russian Federation, and part of their Industry Media Production. You’re firing blanks at someone who’s bulletproof SniperFire.

          • SniperFire

            Are you claiming the Russian stock market didn’t rally on the announcement, troll?

          • Vision

            No, I’m not claiming that, but I don’t agree with thinking the new sanctions caused their market to rise slightly.

            The Dow is coming off a lousy week, as it fell all five
            trading days for the first time since May 2012. It fell 387 points, or 2.4%, last week amid Ukraine fears and worries
            about slowing growth in China. Last week’s selling got overdone on the possibility of war. Everyone’s
            stocks suffered last week, and this week most are improving. Russia’s stock market rose, March 17, 2014 because of that. Not because of
            sanctions as you or anyone else implies SniperFire.

            Russia’s benchmark Micex index was pushing higher Monday,
            rallying for the first time in five days. The Micex rose around 1%. Russian bonds and the ruble currency were stable

            In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 0.4% to 14,277.67. The Shanghai Composite in China rose 1% to 2,023.67. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dipped
            0.3% to 21,437.95.

            European shares advanced, with Germany’s DAX index 1.4% higher, France’s CAC 40 up 1.3% and Britain’s FTSE 100 index up 0.6%.

            Prices of U.S. Treasury bonds fell slightly as the yield on
            the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.68% from 2.65%.

            The price of gold fell $7 an ounce in early trading to $1372.

            On Friday, the Dow dropped 0.3% to 16,065.67. The S&P
            500 fell 0.3% to 1,841.13 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 0.4% to 4,245.40.

            Oil prices fell. Benchmark crude for April delivery dropped
            $1.10 to $97.79 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

          • SniperFire

            ‘No, I’m not claiming that’

            Good. You will learn to never doubt me or my sources.

    • stop ur whining part deux

      Georgia in ’08, same situation, worse actually as people were actually killed and we did nothing. I love how Obama is whatever the the far right wants him to be. He is labeled as a dictator and called “the kommadant and chief” and a day later is called weak and a joke.

      Cant have it both ways. Furthermore, what would you have the president do?

      • SniperFire

        ‘what would you have the president do?’

        Resign before he gets Impeached in 2015.

        • stop ur whining part deux

          hahaha. nice deflection. Thanks for proving my point.

        • stop ur whining part deux

          fact is that regardless whom is at 1600 Penn Ave it is next to impossible to control what another country 6000 miles away is going to do. Again, Georgia in ’08, people were murdered and nothing was done, not even sanctions. This is not a jab at Bush, merely pointing out that there is little that can be done.

          • SniperFire

            ‘fact is that regardless whom is at 1600 Penn Ave it is next to impossible to control what another country 6000 miles away is going to do.’

            Nonsense. Geopolitical influence and control have been staples throughout world history since at least the Babylonian empire.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            If that is the case then what happened in Georgia in ’08? Furthermore, again, what should Obama have done or do? And spare me the Impeachment rhetoric. Answer like a big boy…What should he do? And again, which is Obama, the evil power hungry dictator or the sheepish coward? you are out to lunch sniper…

          • SniperFire

            ‘If that is the case ‘

            There is no ‘if’ here.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            Deflect deflect deflect. Answer like a grown man or do not answer at all.

            You are critical of obama and hate him…that is fine and dandy. But you have not an educated retort to my statement.

            Keep beating that rhetoric b.s. drum. What a waste of time.

          • golfingirl

            Obama is the worst, most ineffective president this country has ever elected.

            He made Jimmy Carter happy at least, as he will no longer be considered the most inept president of all time.

          • alreadyfedup1

            This is what the 2nd term of Jimmy Carter would have looked like.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            Sry but He is not as bad as carter, nor is he as bad as bush.

          • golfingirl

            Tell that to the Democrats who are in tight races in November for both the Senate and the House.

            They don’t want Obama anywhere near their constituents in an effort to help them win re-election.

            Kind of says it all when your own party wants you to stay away so they have a chance to keep their seats.

            Not just the Republicans who are unsatisfied, even his own puppets who once supported him.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            And all that will be irrelevant as long as the Tea Party continues to Hi-jack the republican party. You have red incumbents lose to Tea Party in the primary only to lose to a democrat in the general election. It has already happened.

            The reason is simple. Most of America is middle of the road voters. They are fiscally conservative but are liberal when it comes to most other issues up to and including social issues. The Tea Party pushes those voters to the left if for no other reason than they are the lesser of two evils.

            The difference in our opinions…mine is based on facts, yours is based on speculation of what might happen.

          • golfingirl

            Reagan lived at that address and he controlled it from 6000 miles away.

            Maybe because he was engaged and didn’t waste his time on reforming a healthcare system which will never get off the ground anyway.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            Reagan defeated a country that was destined to bankrupt itself. That is like winning a fight over a person with end stage cancer.

        • golfingirl

          Where is Ronald Reagan when we need him?

      • golfingirl

        He is a “weak” dictator then. Does that work?

        • stop ur whining part deux

          Nope, still hypocrites. Can not have it both ways. He is either one or the other. Try turning off Fox news every once in a while.

          • It has to stop

            You most certainly can have it both ways whether you like it or agree with it or not.
            A leader of any country can most defiantly be a tyrant/dictator domestically and be very weak when it comes to foreign affairs.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            nope sure cant. believe what you like but he can not be both. Fox news has ya sucked in, nothing i can do for you. You are a lost sheep my friend.

          • golfingirl

            You continually complain about Fox news, like they created the problems in this country.

            With the exception of Fox, all other major media are pro-Obama. You have 90% of the channels, but only a small percent of the viewership.

            That speaks volumes!

            Democrats running for office don’t want him around, people don’t want the ACA, as they feel they were lied to, world leaders are running all over him.

            He will be leaving quite a legacy when he leaves office.

            Reagan told Gorbachez to tear down the Berlin wall…and he did.

            Obama gets on television to give out a 1-800 number to enroll in healthcare.

            Quite a difference in leadership, don’t you think?

          • stop ur whining part deux

            Fox news has created a problem. The spew nothing but hate and rhetoric. Now, i am not saying that other news outlets are not the exact opposite bc they are. For all the hate fox news tosses out CNN equal spreads the fluff.

            And Reagen…also almost trippled the debt btw. HE spent like a drunkin sailor.

          • golfingirl

            You just lost all credibility when you compare Reaganomics with Obamnomics.

            Both presidents relied on budget deficits to stimulate the economy, but the similarities end there. President Reagan’s deficits were much smaller.

            Deficits during his first term averaged 4.3 percent of GDP, compared to 9.1 percent of GDP during President Obama’s first term.

            President Obama’s deficits, which have been twice as large as President Reagan’s were, have produced only one half the reduction in the unemployment rate.

            Reagan spent, but the results were positive. Can’t say that for Obama. Plus, Reagan inherited a worst economy than Obama, so don’t even use the “blame it on Bush” excuse.

            You really can’t be serious, can you?

            What do you watch…..MSLSD?….I mean MSNBC.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            First, I did not compare the two, merely stated that Reagan spent and spent and spent like he had a money tree behind the oval office. Secondly…Trickledown economics is a bad joke. I run a company that has been running bare bones since the recession. The last two years we have grown 35% annually. I begged, pleaded, and flat out demanded more labor or at the very least a 2.5% raise for those that have been doing more with less for 3 years or more. I was told not happening, not in the cards. However that did not stop either owner from purchasing brand new mercedes in the past 8 months. Now, they are the owners and it is their right, but again, the idea that money “trickles down” is insane. Look at CEO wages vs regular employee the last 30 years. 200-400 times more money. Again, there is your trickle down.

            As for who did better….reagan did not inherit the worst economic disaster since the great depression. Obama has added jobs each month in office and cut the deficit in half. Perfect, of course not but at least he is trying. Also keep in mind that Regan did not have to deal with a faction of a party that from day one refused to work with him on any subject for any reason. A congress with the most filibusters in history, the most blocked nominations in our nations history and the least about of bills passed in our nations history. It is remarkable that ANYTHING has gotten done.

            AS for what i watch…Watch them all pumpkin, even Fox. You should try it sometime. I also recommend British media and the economist. Put them all together and you get the accurate picture. You however are sucked into FOX and they are it for you. AS i said, you are a sheep sweetheart.

          • golfingirl

            Again, we simply disagree.

            That’s OK.

            Peace

          • It has to stop

            Don’t make assumptions. I don’t watch Fox, MSNBC, CNN or any of the others. The only sheep on here is you with blind loyalty to any recent president.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            no blind loyalty, no loyalty at all for that matter. Just allergic to bs. I actually vote a fair ticket. Infact I leaned a little more right than left last election, just do not have any time for BS, regardless of if it is red or blue.

          • Joe Smith

            Yep you are right, it goes the opposite way too, Reagan was not a dictator domestically but was strong on foreign affairs. He sure bankrupted Russa making them weak for years without firing a shot

          • golfingirl

            Reagan won the Cold War, but it was due to Global Warming, which “melted” the USSR resolve, not Reagan’s actions.

            Now that we have had a cold winter, it brought about another “Cold War.”

            I tell ya, it is the climate, not Obama policies which created this mess. Blame it on Mother Nature, Mother Teresa, Bush, the Tea Party or whomever. But how can anyone think Obama had anything thing to do with this. You are so un-American.

          • Joe Smith

            LOL!

      • Starryeyes63

        Answer: This is what was done in 2008, let’s see how it compares to what this potus does: After Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, the United States sent ships into the Black Sea, airlifted Georgian military forces from Iraq back to their home bases and sent humanitarian aid. Russia was denied its ultimate goal of overthrowing the democratically elected government, an admission made to CR by the Russian foreign minister

  • alreadyfedup1

    I will look at you STERNLY and shake my finger at YOU!!!!! Smartest man in the room indeed!

  • Vision

    Not letting the public see how many “Down Votes” a comment has received is a form of censorship.

    • Phil Blank

      Ya know, we had an article pulled from ABC news in the last two weeks.
      Too many comments against it, I guess.

    • golfingirl

      Wouldn’t know, I don’t get any down votes.

  • Phil Blank

    And just what will the European Union sanction?
    Nothing! Unless they want to risk Russia cutting off their natural gas supplies!

    • Vision

      First off, Russia needs to sell their natural gas, more than
      the European Union needs to buy it. Secondly, the European Union has a reserve of natural gas for these types of occurrences now, they stock piled it. And there’s that controversial method, oh what’s it called? Fracking? Hydraulic Fracking?
      Yeah, that’s it. Shale gas. Natural gas, that’s what they “Frack” for, so the European Union will be fine if they have to resort to that method, they are prepared. Oh!
      And it’s spring. Wrong time of year to threaten getting the heat turned off and such. As the weather gets warmer, demand for natural gas to heat homes wanes. You guys are just looking for something to gripe about and knock on Obama for at the same time.

    • stop ur whining part deux

      hopefully we will step in and sell them gas.

      • disqus_frJ9d7ZebX

        or cause gas, that would have been a more memorable threat.

  • SniperFire

    ‘Russian Deputy PM Laughs at Obama’s Sanctions’

    MOSCOW – Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/03/russian-deputy-pm-laughs-at-obamas-sanctions/

    Everyone knows our POTUS is a complete joke.

  • ekwaykway

    He also froze the assets of a Russian paper boy.

  • Sis Delish

    NEWSFLASH: Global Warming Experts predict the Freezing of Russian Assets will occur momentarily.

  • golfingirl

    Just draw another meaningless red line with a dry erase marker. Reagan used a “Sharpie” which could not be erased.

    Like in Syria and elsewhere.

    The entire world is preying on Obama’s weakness. Like the little boy who cried “wolf.”

    His words are hollow and his suit is empty. Too busy spying on his political enemies and U.S. citizens to be concerned with world events. I mean, those Tea Party groups are a threat to all of us.

    Remember his meeting before the election where he told the Russians he would have more “flexibility” to work with them after the election? The statement caught by accident on the microphone? What exactly did he mean by this? Such a joke.

    At least we can keep our doctor and health plan, while saving $2500 and getting better coverage. You mean that was not true either?

    • stop ur whining part deux

      and yesterday he was “evil king obama” and the day before that the “kommandant and chief”. Today he is weak and a coward. Never mind that his predecessor let the same thing happen in Georgia in ’08. The only difference is that people were actually murdered and there was NOTHING done, not even sanctions. So funny how short the far rights’ memory is. Hilarious that you can be so easily swayed into a hate infused frenzy.

      • golfingirl

        One more time:

        Tell that to the Democrats who are in tight races in November for both the Senate and the House.

        They don’t want Obama anywhere near their constituents in an effort to help them win re-election.

        Kind of says it all when your own party wants you to stay away so they have a chance to keep their seats.

        Not just the Republicans who are unsatisfied, even his own puppets who once supported him.

        • stop ur whining part deux

          Deflect deflect deflect. You are as bad as sniper. I debate you on your argument and defeat you on your argument so you might as well change the conversation right?

          Man you wonder why the Tea Party has less than 25% of the population.

          Bhahahaha, bhahahaha, fox new sheep crossing..

          • golfingirl

            And your point is???????

            I have no idea what your argument even was.

            Whatever, you are now in the quickly declining minority who still thing Obama is doing a good job.

            Once a king, now the court jester.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            The argument is that What is any president red or blue to do in this situation and furthermore Obama is either weak or a king / dictator / tyrant. not both.

            Do not take me for an obama lover, just have a severe allergy to BULL$HIT.

          • golfingirl

            Hmmmm….sounds like your allergy must be an auto-immune disease.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            Yawn….Boring. Get some smarts and i will see ya again soon.

          • golfingirl

            Using the “I’m bored” excuse is always a sign you have lost a debate.

          • golfingirl

            If that was the “argument” why did you not stick to it.

            In your opening remarks, you bring up the past, under Bush, instead of speaking to the present.

            Fact is, this administration was caught off-guard again, just like in Syria, Iran and Libya.

            They have proven to be ineffective when it comes to international politics and this has weakened the United States in the eyes of our adversaries.

            His apology tour when he first took office set the tone, and other countries took advantage of it.

            No more “evil empires,” we are all supposed to just sit around and sing Kumbaya with our enemies, but they are not singing along.

            Admit it, Obama has been a failure, even his own disciples have abandoned him.

            Except for that weirdo ….Nancy Pelosi. She is the poster child for the Democratic party, which is very scary.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            I brought up Bush to reinforce my argument that there is nothing any president red or blue can really do short of go to war. Did you not read tinkerbell? I was not taking a swipe at him, and even included that. Just keep reading what you want to read. hahaha.

            AS for Obama and his foreign policy. Are we not in talks with Iran currently? Are they not disarming? Fact is they are and this despite the urging from the far right to slam them with more sanctions. Think about that…you are in talks about getting what you want and the answer is stiffer punishment. Yea that is not foolish is it.

            As for Obama’s apologize tour, for starters, won him a Nobel peace prize recognized all over the world btw. Secondly, he had too. We looked like tyrants. We invaded a nation with no backing under false pretenses. We were war mongers for no other reason than oil and a man trying to get out of daddy’s shadow.

            As for Syria and Libya. Tragedies, but these things happen. Again, thousands of miles away on foreign soil there is little than can be done. Do you realize under bush alone there were 13 embassy acts. Im sure there were attacks under clinton too. These things unfortunately happen.

          • golfingirl

            We simply have to agree to disagree.

            Have a great day.

          • Starryeyes63

            This is what was done in 2008, let’s see how it compares to what this potus does: After Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, the United States sent ships into the Black Sea, airlifted Georgian military forces from Iraq back to their home bases and sent humanitarian aid. Russia was denied its ultimate goal of overthrowing the democratically elected government, an admission made to CR by the Russian foreign minister.

          • stop ur whining part deux

            does russia control Georgia to this day? The answer is yes, yes it does. DO we currently have war ships in the area by the ukraine? Again, yes we do. Are we opposed to providing aid? That would be a no and finally how many have died in Ukraine? that would be none, how many died in Georgia? NOT NONE.

          • golfingirl

            Time for Obama to take his pen off his NCAA Brackets and use it to sign sanctions against Russia.

            Just upped the ante in the Iranian nuclear talks didn’t it?

            Tired of his policies of appeasement, instead of taking action!

          • stop ur whining part deux

            Golf Girl I have read your posts and i can tell you are smart and have a good head on your shoulders. I respect your input and enjoy debates with you.

            That being said. You now are saying that Obama needs to put in more sanctions against Russia but on the same thread criticize any sanctions as too weak. You do not see the irony in that?

            Secondly in regards to Iran…We are making progress in talks with them and have been for a couple months now. This despite the constant chatter from the far right that we need to stick it to them harder. Is that how you would negotiate? You would try harder punishment for someone while still in talks with them? What does it tell you that Obama can make progress with a country that has resented the united states for decades but he can not make any head way with republicans?

            Thirdly you are saying Obama needs to take action, but when he does take action he is referred to as “king obama” and a “dictator”. Once again, you can not have it both ways.

            Finally, although i like to debate the finer points of your posts, in the future you might want to actually engage in a debate. That means actually conforming a retort to my post. Not just throwing something at a wall and hope it sticks. Answer me this…did my above post state anything that was incorrect? The answer is no. We did nothing when Russia marched into Georgia and that was worse. When we did all you heard from the right was “what is he supposed to do” but now it happens to a democrat and all you hear is “weak, mom jeans wearing nancy pants”. Proof that ignorance is bliss.

          • golfingirl

            We respectfully have to agree to disagree.

            I vote Republican, Democrat, even Libertarian on occasion. I do not think Obama has been a strong president when it comes to foreign affairs, hostile countries recognize this and are currently taking advantage of it.

            As for Iran, they want death to America and Israel. I do not think they can be trusted, and fact is, inspectors are not even permitted in many of their uranium enrichment facilities. I disagree we have made any progress in stopping them. They still resent the U.S. Do you really think that has changed?

            Healthcare is a nightmare and a train wreck. It’s promotion has been shrouded in untruths. That is a fact.

            I had high hopes for Obama, but frankly he has let myself, and many other Americans down.

            This is simply my opinion,yours is obviously different and I am Okay with that.

            Have a great evening.

          • Starryeyes63

            Georgia is a member of the Council of Europe and the GUAM Organization for
            Democracy and Economic Development. It contains two de facto independent
            regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which gained limited international
            recognition after the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Georgia and a major part of the
            international community consider the regions to be part of Georgia’s sovereign
            territory under Russian military occupation.

    • Starryeyes63

      He is the president we need to show him R*S*P*E*C*T lol

    • Vision
      • golfingirl

        Sorry, I never “click” on external links.

  • Starryeyes63

    This is what was done in 2008, let’s see how it compares to what this potus does: After Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, the United States sent ships into the Black Sea, airlifted Georgian military forces from Iraq back to their home bases and sent humanitarian aid. Russia was denied its ultimate goal of overthrowing the democratically elected government, an admission made to CR by the Russian foreign minister.