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Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual question and answer session

But he and other commentators pointed to a number of inaccuracies in the US Treasury report. It includes Russian Prime Minister and former President Dmitry Medvedev, Igor Sechin, the chief of Rosneft, a Russian energy giant. 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.

And Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire aluminum magnate with alleged ties to corporate - sorry - to organized crime.

"The odd thing about this unclassified report is this statement upfront that 'inclusion in this report does not constitute determination by any agency that the individuals or entities meet the criteria for designation under any sanctions program, '" he said, adding that the report's preamble also makes it clear that there are no limits imposed on dealing with those listed in the report.

The list came amid the ongoing investigations in the US Congress of Trump campaign's purported links to Moscow.

"They need to decide for themselves what they want: To engage in that or to sanction those who are dealing with it here", Putin snapped.

The drumbeat in Washington began within hours of the document's publication on Tuesday (30 January).

Senator Susan Collins called the sanctions decision "perplexing". Putin also repeated a claim he made last month that Rodchenkov, who is under witness protection in the United States and says he fears for his life, is "under the control of the US special services". "If he refuses to take action to combat Russian interference in the USA, he should at least tell the American people why", Reed said.

"Forgive us for not being able to protect you from that", Putin told the Russian athletes.

"Why did they take what seems to appear such a casual approach toward the compilation of this list?"

"We will do our utmost in order to support them", he said.

Mnuchin said the goal was not to levy sanctions by the deadline for producing the report but a review of the classified section of the report could provide more information on the issue. Even without legal teeth, its imminent release has been front page news in Russian Federation. "I also know that Forbes Russia has never pretended that its rich list was complete or that the wealth estimates were accurate", he in a column for Bloomberg View.

He has served as the president of the European Jewish Congress since 2007, and in 2016 was described by The Jerusalem Post as being "probably the most influential Jewish leader in Europe today" as part of the Post's annual "50 most influential Jews" list.

He said the list included some glaring omissions, however. A Russian banker has referred to it as a "declaration of war".

Other critics of the USA treasury publication spoke out in more damning terms.

There are 1 comment on the Yahoo! story from 16 hrs ago, titled Trump refuses to impose new Russian Federation sanctions despite law passed by US Congress over election hacking.

MNUCHIN:.And we will - we will be doing - based upon that, we will be looking at taking appropriate action.

Michael McFaul, the former United States ambassador to Moscow, echoed Aslund. The remaining 96 names are those of businesspeople, all with a net worth of more than $1 billion, according to BBC. Some are very close to Putin. Putin said. "Shall we work together or not?"

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