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New US sanctions against Russia

Shell corporation would have facilitated delivery of aviation fuel to Syria

Today, September 26, the US Department of Foreign Treasury (OFAC) said it had activated a sanction plan against the Russian corporation Maritime Assistance Llc. According to the prosecution, the society would operate as a cover company for Sovfracht (a business that the United States had previously sanctioned in connection with allegedly illegal operations in Ukraine) to facilitate the delivery of fuel for Russian fighter planes operating in Syria.

The Treasury has also frozen the assets of three people who identified being linked to Sovfracht.

The OFAC press release reported a statement by Alan E. Kohler special agent in charge of the counter-espionage division: "The FBI is proud to have been part of the team that unveiled this complicated system that provided fuel to Russian fighters to support the regime of Assad. Fbi Washington will continue to work closely with partners in the Justice and Treasury Department to identify and deliver to the law those individuals or entities that conspire to violate US regulations and in turn, endanger our financial structure and national security".

Moscow considers these new US actions unacceptable: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin commented that these decisions "continue the old American policy based on unilateral operations".

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