Putin orders alternative Olympic Games for banned athletes

Win McNamee  Getty Images

The U.S. Treasury Department has released this week a list that views possible targets for new sanctions that includes 114 Russian politicians and 96 business figures. "Russia hacked our elections".

Michel noted that he discussed sanctions with Medvedev on Tuesday.

Washington's list could help Putin consolidate his support base by burnishing his image of a strong leader who stands up to a hostile US, some observers say.

Some Republicans also expressed doubts. "We ... call on the administration to sanction the Russian oligarchs".

The EU foreign service, which is in charge of proposing alternative names when the EU next reopens its blacklist in March, told EUobserver: "We take note of the report issued by the USA treasury".

"Since the enactment of the ... legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions", she said.

There is a classified annex to the report which may go into more detail about what Washington knows about the oligarchs' global holdings and ties to corrupt officials in Putin's Kremlin, but the public list looks like what it is: a list of famous Russians.

Putin called the oligarchs list "an unfriendly act" that would harm Russian-American relations but that Moscow did not now plan to retaliate.

Narendra Modi urges opposition to pass Triple Talaq Bill
The economic survey is all set to present before the house today with the commencement of budget session today. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will announce the budget in the Parliament on Feb 1.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, came under fire from Democrats for failing to impose any sanctions in the report Treasury released.

However, the Treasury publicly identified over 100 Russian officials and business leaders eligible for sanctions.

State Department officials said the threat of sanctions had been deterrent enough, and that "sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed".

"I know personally numerous business people on this list". 'You would think that Russian Federation, having subverted our elections and trying again to do this - there seems to be an inability by this president and this administration to talk about Russian Federation, ' he said.

The report on Russian oligarchs "seemed to be assembled in haste, and seemed to be close to a cut-and-paste job", said Fried, now at the Atlantic Council think tank.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council's foreign affairs committee, said US intelligence failed to find compromising material on Russian politicians and "ended up copying the Kremlin phone book". While American journalists have barely paid attention to the list, the Russian media has been frantically speculating for months about who might end up in the final version. "Trump just was pushed to make some statement (without any real consequences for USA)", Kohlicek said.

"We have spent a considerable amount of time and energy on engaging with partners, with allies, with private industry explaining what Section 231 [of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act] (CAATSA) meant".

Related News:

  • Lunar Trifecta in Alaska: Super Blue Blood Moon

    Lunar Trifecta in Alaska: Super Blue Blood Moon

    For us, the moon will set at 6:44, and the show will be over as the moon sinks below the horizon 80% eclipsed. And while the Moon is in the Earth's shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a " blood moon ".

    Ireland to hold abortion referendum in May

    It also showed that 113 Irish MPs and senators, a majority, support the repeal of the amendment, while 52 do not. The prime minister says his views have "evolved" since he described himself as "pro-life" in 2014.
    Budget session begins today; Government to ensure passage of Triple Talaq Bill

    Budget session begins today; Government to ensure passage of Triple Talaq Bill

    Kovind also pitched for the Triple Talaq bill which is yet to be passed in the Rajya Sabha. Following a recess after 9 February, Parliament will meet again from 5 March to 6 April.
  • Irish Busker Performs On The Ellen Show

    Irish Busker Performs On The Ellen Show

    Allie told The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1the popular host helped her get past her nerves before her appearance. Allie Sherlock from Douglas in Cork spoke to host Ellen DeGeneres after singing Adele's hit A Million Years Ago .
    Hawaii employee who sent false missile alert fired; top official resigns

    Hawaii employee who sent false missile alert fired; top official resigns

    The day-shift supervisor thought the test was aimed at outgoing night-shift workers and was unprepared to supervise the test. Another issue was that the software in use at Hawaii's emergency agency used the same prompts for real alerts and for tests.
    Experts ask Facebook to get rid of its Messenger Kids app

    Experts ask Facebook to get rid of its Messenger Kids app

    Experts are concerned about the effects that smartphones and social media apps have on people's physical and mental health. Facebook Inc ( NASDAQ:FB ) is once again under fire from consumer watchdog groups, this time over its Messenger Kids app.
  • Carrie Underwood's Husband Mike Fisher Not Retiring From Hockey After All!

    Carrie Underwood's Husband Mike Fisher Not Retiring From Hockey After All!

    And make no mistake, there is no doubt that Fisher will be in shape at some point before the February 26 deadline. Fisher started skating Wednesday and will spend the next few weeks working himself into shape to rejoin the team.
    Deutsche Bank hit with spoofing fine by US Justice Department

    Deutsche Bank hit with spoofing fine by US Justice Department

    Separately UBS , HSBC and Deutsche Bank will pay a total of $46.6m (£33m) to settle spoofing charges against them. The orders create the illusion of demand, which distorts prices in a way that benefits the trader's positions.
    Epic Games to Officially Shut Down Paragon

    Epic Games to Officially Shut Down Paragon

    If you're playing on console, you'll need to link your Epic account to your PSN or Xbox Live. We didn't execute well enough to deliver on the promise of Paragon .
  • NBA wrap: Kyrie Irving leads Celtics in thriller over Nuggets

    NBA wrap: Kyrie Irving leads Celtics in thriller over Nuggets

    The quote-unquote "best loss of the season" needed to be followed by a win, and after some anxious moments, the Celtics delivered. The veteran forward appeared in only seven games this season entering Tuesday, playing a total of 50 minutes. "They're talented.
    Study says e-cigarettes may lead to cancer and heart disease

    Study says e-cigarettes may lead to cancer and heart disease

    A study in mice, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , is sure to provide fodder for both sides. In a new study, scientists warned that nicotine in e-cigarettes could convert into DNA-damaging chemicals.
    Three dead after helicopter crashes into California home

    Three dead after helicopter crashes into California home

    At least three people were killed and two others injured when a helicopter crashed on Tuesday into a house in California , US. A woman who lives in the neighborhood heard the crash and ran outside to witness the immediate aftermath.


Most liked

Reeling Detroit Pistons host the Cleveland Cavaliers
The reeling Detroit Pistons - who'll be short-handed following last night's trade - host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. This team can beat anybody in the East and the game against the Cavs has likely been circled on their calendar for some time .

Kenyan authorities target media as counter 'inauguration' proceeds
Police at first had vowed to block opposition supporters from attending Tuesday's ceremony, leading to fears of violence. Odinga took his oath to the deafening cheers of supporters before speaking briefly and swiftly departing.

John Wall Knee Procedure, Will Miss Six Weeks
The other concern is that the team might drop so much that it'll have a nightmare matchup in the first round of the playoffs. When he sits, the Wizards score less, allow more, shoot less efficiently and turn the ball over with greater frequency.

The shocking thing about Nintendo Switch sales: Nintendo could have done better
Profits also came in at an eight-year-high of ¥116.5bn (£1.3bn), marking a whopping year-over-year increase of 261 per cent. The Switch, released in March 2017, flew off shelves at home and overseas through the critical year-end shopping season.

Syria talks agree to set up constitution committee
Along with Turkey and Iran , it is pursuing its own peace process for Syria while the United Nations backs a separate plan.

Kim Kardashian's nudes spark Instagram beef with Lindsay Lohan
The 37-year-old reality star took to to throw some shade at the 31-year-old actress after a comment about Kim's new braids . Kim Kardashian hit back at Lindsay Lohan after the actress criticized her blonde cornrows .

Natural disaster tremors felt in several cities of Pakistan, region
Quisar Abbas Qurashi added: " Earthquake tremors felt in Islamabad New Delhi , Lahore, Sargodha #India #Pakistan #earthquake". There are also reports that people in Pakistan , Uzbekistan and Afghanistan also felt the impact of the natural disaster .

North Korea slams US as 'gross violator of human rights'
The president also stressed that the US will possessed unmatched conventional military and nuclear capabilities. Fred and Cindy Warmbier are acknowledged during the State of the Union on January 30, 2018 in Washington , DC.

Over 700000 rouge apps removed from Google Play Store in 2017
Elsewhere, Google reduced the rate of potentially harmful application (PHA) installations by a factor of 10 compared to 2016. It means that the Google Play Protect scanning is improving, able to detect and catch more abusive apps.

Harley-Davidson Q4 Results Muted by Cost-Cutting
Young Douglas L also sold $1.49M worth of Lennox International Inc. 750 shares were sold by SCHMIDT PAUL W, worth $145,094. Harley-Davidson holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could change following its earnings report which has just released.

Wynn Resorts probes sexual misconduct claims against boss
Governor Charlie Baker called the charges and allegations against Steve Wynn "distressing and appalling". The Republican National Committee convenes this week in Washington for its annual winter meeting.

Man behind Grammys faces backlash after telling women to 'step up.'
Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich weighed in on the drama too, as he was asked if it was a mistake to not include the Melodrama singer. Regardless, Portnow indicated that next year's show may be more female driven as Taylor Swift 's Reputation will be eligible.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Slashing iPhone X Production Amid Weak Demand
Kuo's analysis seems to be heavily based on Apple's rollout of the iPhone 8 , 8 Plus and X in 2017. Both iPhone X models will have 4GB of RAM while the 6.1-inch iPhone will feature a 3GB of RAM.

Jen Selter Got Kicked Off a Flight
Social media Influencer Jen Selter has almost 12 million Instagram followers. "They don't want you flying on their plane today". The fitness blogger then recorded as multiple law enforcement officials stood waiting for her to exit the plane.

Bruno Mars' 24k Magic named the Record of the Year
Song of the year, which recognizes the songwriters of a particular track, was also nabbed by Mars for That's WHat I Like. HollywoodLifers , did you love Cardi and Bruno's performance? - Best R&B performance: Bruno Mars .