The foreign policy pursued by Russia makes it impossible to achieve progress in relations with the United States, said Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan.
“The latest steps that we have taken with regard to Russia are simply part of our response to a long-standing pattern of behavior (of Russia) that makes it nearly impossible for us to make any form of progress in relations with the Russians,” Bigan said at a hearing in Senate.
Thus, the Undersecretary of State answered the question of what exactly caused the recent US sanctions against Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin and persons and companies associated with him.
On July 17, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department (OFAC) announced the inclusion in the sanctions list of individuals and companies associated with Prigozhin, who, in turn, the United States considers to be associated with the Russian authorities. The White House National Security Council (SNB) explained that the sanctions targeted companies involved in “covert sanctions evasion in Sudan, Hong Kong and Thailand” and accused them of “foreign interference in democratic processes.”
Prigozhin has been under US sanctions for several years on charges of involvement in the conflict in Ukraine and “interference in elections” in the United States.