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Fri Sep 30, 2022, 09:39 AM

U.S. announces new sanctions on Russia in response to Ukraine annexation

Source: CNBC

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced new economic sanctions on hundreds of Russian officials and entities Friday in response to the Kremlin’s illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine. The new sanctions target several front companies outside of Russia that were created this year to help major Russian military suppliers evade the sanctions they had already faced.

The new designations also expand sanctions on top Kremlin officials to include their wives and adult children. After seven months of war and economic sanctions, these revisions offer a window into what U.S. officials believe is working. The Treasury Department named 14 international suppliers that assisted Russia’s military supply chains. It also imposed designations on 109 members of Russia’s State Duma and 169 members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Also new on Friday is the addition of Elvira Sakhipzadovna Nabiullina, Russia’s central bank governor and a former advisor to Putin. Since 2013, she has overseen its efforts to protect the Kremlin from Western sanctions after Russia illegally seized Crimea in 2014, according to the Treasury Department. The newly sanctioned family members are the relatives of members of Russia’s National Security Council. They include Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s wife and two adult children, along with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s wife and adult children.

Meanwhile, the State Department will impose visa restrictions on Ochur-Suge Mongush, for a gross violation of human rights perpetrated against a Ukrainian prisoner of war and 910 individuals. The department will also impose visa restrictions on members of the Russian military, Belarusian military officials and proxies operating on behalf of the Kremlin. What’s more, the Department of Commerce is adding 57 entities to its export controls list. It will reiterate that countries that seek to provide material support to Russia and Belarus’ defense sector are subject to penalties.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/30/us-set-to-announce-new-russia-sanctions-over-ukraine-annexation.html

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 10:51 AM

1. I doubt that sanctions will have much impact on Putin.

He’s a billionaire and just doesn’t care what happens to anyone else unless it affects him personally.

With this illegal annexation of part of another country’s sovereign territory, support for Ukraine needs to step up to give them whatever they need to retake control of the Donbas before winter sets in. Putin will not concede defeat until he is forced to concede.

So now, the choices seem to be (1) wait for the Russian people to decide they’ve had enough of Putin and demand he step down, (2) wait for the FSB or military or someone who can get close to Putin to assassinate him, (3) just keep supplying Ukraine with enough weapons to help them hold the line against Russia but continue the fighting for many more months, or (4) supply Ukraine with the tools to end the war soon, and that might mean some level of air support with Western military planes and Ukrainian pilots.

Options 1 and 2 are highly unlikely. Option 3 just results in a lot more Ukrainian deaths and destruction of their infrastructure. Option 4 risks provoking Putin to use a nuclear weapon, though given the condition of the Russian Army weapons I would have to wonder if much of their nuclear arsenal is even still functional. It’s evident that corruption in the Russian military is rampant, and they have not kept weapons up to date.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 12:02 PM

3. Putin will never concede.

It is just not in him to do that.

The sanctions are not meant to influence Putin. The goal is that the sanctions will affect others in Russia and influence them to a coup.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 12:10 PM

6. Soon he will prepare the two letters for his successor.

They are labeled 1 & 2 Do not open unless crisis is occurring.

Letter 1 says Blame everything wrong on your predecessor.
Letter 2 says prepare two letters for next successor.

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Response to GreenWave (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 12:11 PM

7. The sooner the better.


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Response to wnylib (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 04:54 PM

12. Wynlib, exactly. These sanctions are not meant for Putin.

Biden is targeting those who aid and abet Putin.
Pressuring them to take action.

Putin is a psychopath who will never stop until someone stops him.

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 12:11 PM

8. Eff that. Give them F-16s!

And some A-10s! That might get Putin’s attention.

(I hope the Ukrainian pilots have been secretly training on the in Nevada or Arizona just waiting for the release of the aircraft.)

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Response to Grins (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 01:59 PM

10. And the pilots? They don't fly themselves and the ukraine pilots aren't trained.

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Response to Grins (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 03:56 PM

11. FWIW, A-10's are sitting ducks against MANPAD.

In Iraq, no one had supplied the Iraqis with modern AA...

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 04:57 PM

13. How do the F-16s do against MANPADs. ???

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #13)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 09:04 PM

15. Depends on the altitude and mission.

Notice all the Russian SU-34 and 35s that have been shot down?

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #15)

Sat Oct 1, 2022, 02:49 AM

16. Yes indeed. Manpads are the biggest threat to SU-34 and 35, not SAMS.

https://eurasiantimes.com/russian-fighter-pilot-admits-ukrainian-shoulder-fired-manpads-are-biggest-threat-to-su-35-su-34-warplanes/

I also read another article that so many SUs are going down that US and UK scientists and aerospace engineers are gathering the remnants and making headway on identifying RU technology and secrets.

https://eurasiantimes.com/british-us-scientist-decoding-su-35-jet-shot-down-by-ukraine/

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #16)

Sat Oct 1, 2022, 03:45 PM

17. The fighter aircraft has probably gone the way of the battleship.

All of them, not just Russian ones.

Stand off weapons and MANPADS are the present and future.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #17)

Sat Oct 1, 2022, 03:57 PM

18. US military is now training more UAV (drone) pilots than fighter/bomber jet pilots.

Advanced technology military aircraft are hugely expensive and there is going to be a trimming of the USAF fleet.

But the USAF still sees a future for some models according to some assessments:

F-22, the F-35, the F-15E and EX, the F-16.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #18)

Sat Oct 1, 2022, 04:10 PM

19. IMHO...

We shouldn't build another 22/35 and go straight for the next generation unmanned fighter aircraft... will be able to perform at a level beyond what a human pilot can endure...

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #19)

Sat Oct 1, 2022, 04:38 PM

20. We can't because of China.

They are building kick ass advanced fighter jets and we have to keep up.

China is the biggest threat the US will face since WWII.
And the Pentagon knows it.

They are going to trim the fleet, but keep some manned fighters.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 11:34 AM

2. This isn't intended to put the squeeze on Putin so much as it's about

adding financial restrictions to his oligarch cronies, family members in order to nudge them to begin an internal pressure campaign to rein Putin in or topple him.

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Response to Texin (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 12:03 PM

4. Believe you are correct.

Plus we should ban all Russians from entering this country.

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Response to Texin (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 12:07 PM

5. I posted my response before seeing yours.

Agree completely. The intent is to get Putin pushed out of power. In Russia, that likely means getting pushed out a window.

Putin's replacement will no doubt be another oligarch, but one who does not have Putin's obsession with overtaking neighboring nations.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 05:06 PM

14. If the oligarchs don't push Putin out of office, they are all going to end up pushed out of windows.

I think whoever takes over will be military or have the backing of the military.
At least temporarily.

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Response to Texin (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 30, 2022, 12:49 PM

9. Yes. This.

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