The US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on Tuesday a new round of sanctions against 38 individuals and entities over the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
The sanctions were announced during Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s working visit to Washington, D.C. where he is set to meet US President Donald Trump and other administration officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis.
"These designations will maintain pressure on Russia to work toward a diplomatic solution," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated in a press release. "This administration is committed to a diplomatic process that guarantees Ukrainian sovereignty, and there should be no sanctions relief until Russia meets its obligations under the Minsk agreements."
OFAC sanctioned 38 individuals and entities, including two Russian government officials and 11 individuals and entities that operate in Crimea.
Sanctions freeze all of the individuals’ and entities assets subject to US jurisdiction and generally prohibit US persons from doing business with them.
In the release, the Treasury Department said the new measures were "designed to counter attempts to circumvent US sanctions" and aligned "with those of our international partners."
The Treasury Department stressed that Ukraine-related sanctions would remain in place until the Minsk Agreements are implemented, and the Crimea sanctions until Kiev takes possession of the peninsula.