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The US Treasury published the so-called "Kremlin report", that is, a list of Russian officials, politicians and businessmen whom Washington considers "close" to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The appearance of this report during the presidential election campaign was not accidental. Unreasonably stating our country's interference in the presidential elections in the US in November 2016, during which the unfortunate Donald Trump was defeated, the US administration is clearly interfering in Russia's internal affairs without any excuse.
The main reason for this is that Moscow is pursuing an independent foreign policy, creating obstacles to the so-called US hegemony. It is also worth noting that the representatives of the European Union hastened to state that the publication of the "Kremlin list" will not entail additional sanctions from Brussels. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that retaliatory measures on the part of Moscow in this regard are not yet expected.
Now let's go on the points.
In the "Kremlin report", the United States included 114 representatives of legislative and executive authorities of the Russian Federation and heads of state companies, as well as 96 large Russian businessmen. This report is advisory in nature, but it is submitted to the US Congress, which is exclusively anti-Russian. It is there already at the legislative level against Russian citizens can be imposed personal sanctions in the form of freezing their bank accounts, seizing property and refusing to issue entry visas.
Subsequently, US sanctions can be extended to private and public companies, which are headed by persons who are in the "Kremlin report". And unlike the congress, any US administration can only suspend the action of American laws.
It should be noted that the list of "proxies" - according to Washington - to President Vladimir Putin was drawn up in many respects on formal grounds. Thus, it included: the head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino, his deputies - Alexei Gromov, Sergei Kirienko, Magomedsalam Magomedov, Vladimir Ostrovenko; presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov; the head of the protocol of the president Vladislav Kitaev; Assistants to the President Andrei Belousov, Larisa Brycheva, Vladislav Surkov, Igor Levitin, Vladimir Kozhin, Yury Ushakov, Andrei Fursenko, Nikolai Tsukanov, Konstantin Chuichenko, Evgeny Shkolov, Igor Schegolev, Alexander Bedritsky, etc.
Moreover, the "Kremlin report" got Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, with whom former US President Barack Obama carried out a "reset" of Russian-American relations. This report also included all of his deputies, ministers of the government of the Russian Federation, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speakers of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
It seems that the Trump administration decided to break all contacts with the Russian side at the highest and expert level. Undoubtedly, this is an extremely short-sighted political decision, dictated in part by President Donald Trump's attempts to strengthen his position within the country. So "eclectic" and at the same time a voluminous list suggests that President Donald Trump is trying to impose on the US Congress all responsibility for the dynamics of Russian-American relations, de facto leaving everything to the conscience of the democrats. But at the same time this list is still "signal", so we can conclude that the search for points for the dialogue is still under way.
The truth is that the US administration, contrary to Germany and France, is trying to get out of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan for the settlement of the Iranian nuclear crisis, in fact, it is imposing its own missile defense systems on the Republic of Korea, significantly worsening Sino-South Korean relations, places of armed conflicts, exacerbating the situation, including in Syria and the Donbas, in fact threatens the DPRK with the use of nuclear weapons.
And such decisions, publications of reports and compilations of the lists of the United States themselves drive themselves into political isolation, and not only from their rivals, but also from their own allies. And the "Kremlin report" is just a step along the way.
Of course, the emotions around the list will soon settle down. And on a very narrow range of issues, the dialogue between Moscow and Washington will continue. But it is obvious that there will hardly be any breakthroughs on the Russian-American track.