Acting United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Sigal Mandelker said that Washington is ready to respond with new sanctions to a full range of "malign activity" by Moscow.
The speaker did not name specific actions and possible measures, noting only that this concerns elements of a corrupt system, thanks to which the government elites and the oligarchs of the Russian Federation receive a "disproportionate profit."
"We’re sending a very clear message to Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from what we consider to be a corrupt system, that they are no longer going to be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilizing activities," Bloomberg quotes her as saying.
It was noted that the new sanctions can be very painful and will force Russia to incur "serious costs."
Mandelker also touched on the topic of sanctions against Iran, threatening to retaliate against all those who would conduct deals with Tehran.