Concerned Senators appealed to Trump to levy sanctions against Kremlin Report listees
The resolution from the parliamentary minority is merely recommendatory in nature.
A group of Senators from among the democratic minority of the US Congress called on President Donald Trump to impose sanctions against those mentioned in the so-called Kremlin Report, prepared by the US Treasury. The corresponding draft resolution was prepared by Senators Ben Cardin, Sherrod Brown and Robert Menendez.
"The lack of seriousness shown by the administration in the face of a clear national security threat and even clearer congressional intent is alarming and cannot continue," Cardin noted in a statement on the resolution.
That said, as the Politico edition notes, the resolution from the parliamentary minority is of a recommendatory nature rather than binding for the administration of the President.
According to the agency, which studied the text of the document, the authors accused Moscow of "undermining democratic processes" in Ukraine and backing the government of Syria. It also features the words of CIA Director Michael Pompeo about Russia still taking a shot to meddle in the domestic policy of the United States and European countries. The Senators called for sanctions to be imposed on those complicit in corruption, "taking into account the information from the report," which the White House sent to Congress in late January.
The Kremlin list published on January 29, 2018 includes 114 officials and 96 businessmen. The publicized part of the document features officials from the Government, the Presidential Administration and businessmen from the Forbes list. The classified part of the report, according to the Ministry of Finance, consists of "hundreds of pages". The names of people who got into this part were not disclosed. After the report was published, Trump’s administration stated that the issue of imposing sanctions on the mentioned persons has so far been postponed.
Nevertheless, from the published report of Sberbank Private Banking it became known that January witnessed a surge in funds from abroad. The main flow of funds came from Switzerland, as well as from Britain and Austria. On the cusp of the publication of the report many Russian businessmen conducted special stress tests and liquidated holding structures, as well as tried to negotiate the issue of not including them in the sanctions list with Washington through intermediaries.