In the Center for a new American security think that such a move would cause disaster.
In the US, the Senate banking Committee tried to assess the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia.
During the hearing by Committee Chairman Senator Mike Krapo recalled that in the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury are 520 Russian enterprises, commercial companies and individuals involved in aggression against Ukraine, human rights violations, cyber attacks on USA and Western European countries.
According to expert estimates, the number of Russian firms are affected by U.S. sanctions, is much superior to the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury. Analysts believe that only physical persons included in these lists, directly control the work of the 584 companies that one way or another affiliated to more than 2 thousand enterprises.
The economic damage to the countries of Western Europe and the USA as a result of the introduction of the so-called “Russian kontrsanktsy” in no way affected their economy and is a figure of “two percent”.
As noted by the expert of the Center for a new American security Elizabeth Rosenberg, the Russian economy remains one of the largest in the world, and incurred from the imposition of sanctions, the loss is not prevented Moscow to start a new military campaign in Syria to organize a series of cyber attacks on the headquarters of election campaigns in the United States and Western Europe.
Experts believe that increased pressure on Russia and the expansion of the sanctions list is unlikely to bring any results. Moreover, according to Eric Lorber involved in the sanctions politicians in the United States, and now occupying the position of senior Advisor at the Foundation for defense of democracy, some of the sanctions can be lifted.
In response, Senator John F. Kennedy suggested that a much more effective step would be “the freezing of assets belonging to Vladimir Putin personally”.
“The Ministry of FINAS and we have some information suggests that Putin and businessmen, included in its inner circle, invested in real estate in new York, San Antonio and Miami,” said Elizabeth Rosenberg.
She confirmed that the us government can do to identify and seize the financial assets of the Russian leader, but urged senators to refrain from such actions.
“The amount of funds which are controlled personally by Vladimir Putin and the people closely associated with it, is so huge that the freezing or seizure of these funds can cause a real catastrophe in the European financial markets and very painful impact on the banking business in the United States,” – said the expert of the Center for a new American security.
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