WASHINGTON, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. US sanctions against Russian officials testify to the fact that the US has recognized Russia’s right to Crimea, Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov told Rossiya 24 television on Monday.
“If all threats that have been formulated over the recent time have been translated into these sanctions, this means that they have recognized our right to Crimea, and we will continue developing our relations with the West,” Titov said. He also expressed surprise as to what the US had been guided by in choosing officials to impose sanctions against. He said it was too early at the moment to say whether the West would confine itself to these sanctions.
The White House said the list included Russian president’s aide Vladislav Surkov, Putin’s adviser Sergei Glazyev, the head of the State Duma committee for CIS affairs, Leonid Slutsky, the head of the Federation Council’s committee for constitutional legislation, Andrei Klishas, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the chairwoman of the Duma committee for family, women and children affairs Yelena Mizulina, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, Crimean State Council Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, the leader of the Ukrainian Choice public movement, Viktor Medvedchuk, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Their assets in the US will be frozen and Americans will be banned from getting into business contacts with the officials on the list.
An executive order of the US president also allowed punitive measures against persons or organizations acting in the interests of Russia’s military industry as well as offering financial support to the blacklisted officials.