The U.S. sanctions Russia again, also nailing a Chinese entity for buying Russian weapons
Washington added 33 entities and individuals to its sanctions list under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act on Thursday. You can read the State Department’s whole press release here, but these are the three biggest takeaways:
- The sanctions ban any transactions with Evgeny “Putin’s Chef” Prigozhin or his companies.
- For the first time, the White House has imposed secondary sanctions on foreigners for dealing with Russia: Chinese entity Equipment Development Department (EDD) and its director, Li Shangfu, for buying from Russia 10 Su-35 combat aircraft in December 2017 and an initial batch of S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018.
- The sanctions against individuals target Prigozhin, Igor Korobov (the head of what used to be known as the GRU), Korobov’s deputy, 13 Russians indicted in February 2018 for interfering in U.S. elections, and 12 suspected GRU agents named in Robert Mueller’s investigation.