среда, 9 августа 2017 г.

Warning on "The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act."

In light of the recent passage and signing into law of

"The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364, Pub.L. 115–44)",

don't risk running afoul of U.S. sanctions against Russia - please seek competent legal advice on how to do business legally with & in Russia.
 
FYI, please consider reading The Ukrainian-Russian-American Observer post on "Russians Should Urgently Repatriate Their Assets From the West" at

https://www.facebook.com/URA.Observer/posts/1840794992601298


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Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017.

Please read the official text at

https://www.whitehouse.gov/legislation/hr-3364-countering-americas-adversaries-through-sanctions-act

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The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364, Pub.L. 115–44), is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia.
Wikipedia
 
The bill was passed during the 115th Congress, 98–2 in the Senate.[1]
 
On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed it into law while issuing two statements simultaneously that he believed the legislation was significantly flawed.[2]

Select excerpts:

The President must submit for congressional review certain proposed actions to terminate or waive sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation.[8]

Specified executive order sanctions against Russia shall remain in effect.[8]

The President may waive specified cyber- and Ukraine-related sanctions.[8]

The bill provides sanctions for activities concerning:

(1) cyber security,
(2) crude oil projects,
(3) financial institutions,
(4) corruption,
(5) human rights abuses,
(6) evasion of sanctions,
(7) transactions with Russian defense or intelligence sectors,
(8) export pipelines,
(9) privatization of state-owned assets by government officials, and
(10) arms transfers to Syria.[8]

The Department of State shall work with the government of Ukraine to increase Ukraine's energy security.[8]

The bill:

(1) directs the Department of the Treasury to develop a national strategy for combating the financing of terrorism, and
(2) includes the Secretary of the Treasury on the National Security Council.[8]

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Russia[edit]

After the bill passed the Senate, on 28 July 2017, Russia′s foreign ministry announced measures that were cast as a response to the bill passed by Congress, but also referenced the specific measures imposed against the Russian diplomatic mission in the U.S. by the Barack Obama administration at the end of 2016.[16]

Russia demanded that the U.S. reduce its diplomatic and technical personnel in the Moscow embassy and its consulates in St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg and Vladivostok to 455 persons — the same as the number of Russian diplomats posted in the U.S. — by September 1;

Russia’s government would also suspend the use of a retreat compound and a storage facility in Moscow used by the US by August 1.[17][18]

Shortly after, Russian president Vladimir Putin said that the decision had been taken by him personally and that 755 employees of the U.S. diplomatic mission must ″terminate their activity in the Russian Federation″.[19][20][17]

After the bill was signed, the Russian Foreign Ministry attributed the sanctions to “Russophobic hysteria” and reserved the right to take action if it decided to.[9]

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev wrote on August 2 that the law had ended hope for improving U.S.–Russia relations and meant "an all-out trade war with Russia."

His message also said, "The American establishment has won an overwhelming victory over Trump.

The president wasn't happy with the new sanctions, but he had to sign the bill."[21][22]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countering_America%E2%80%99s_Adversaries_Through_Sanctions_Act

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