U.S. diplomat: Expansion of U.S. sanctions list should reduce possibility of avoiding sanctions

Washington's decision on the expansion of the sanctions list for Russia is aimed at preventing avoidance of the current U.S. sanctions, the U.S. embassy in Moscow said.

Washington's decision on the expansion of the sanctions list for Russia is aimed at preventing avoidance of the current U.S. sanctions, the U.S. embassy in Moscow said.

Will Stevens, spokesperson for the U.S. embassy to Russia, said the recent expansion of sanctions is not an escalation, but a regular step aimed at reinforcing the current measures, whose purpose is to stop the recurring and considerable avoidance of the current sanctions.

The purpose of this step is to guarantee the effectiveness of the earlier imposed sanctions, he said.

Commenting on the inclusion in the list of Roman Rotenberg, Stevens said the U.S. does not impose sanctions on individuals based on family principles.

Stevens said Roman Rotenberg is involved in activities associated with bypassing the current sanctions and he was included in the list because he helped Boris Rotenberg avoid sanctions, not because he is his relative.

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