The Treasury Department is slapping new sanctions on an alleged joint Iranian-Russian oil smuggling circle.
In a statement Tuesday, the Treasury said hello blacklisted one Iranian and three Russian companies over claims they smuggled oil from Iran into Syria.
Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Russian-Iranian scheme supplied fuel to Assad and also terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah. It generated money for Iran’s activities in the Middle East.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, present information on the revolutionary sanctions on Iran, in the Foreign Press Center in Washington, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Russian diplomats are blasting — what they have to called — America’s questionable unilateral moves.
“Western capitals don’t appear to need to use new centers of economic and political influence,” stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “They impose many reprisals on people that really don’t are in agreement with them — from military force and unilateral economic sanctions to demonization and defamation in the ‘highly likely’ manner.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is welcoming the Treasury’s move by assuring it will have grave consequences proper smuggling oil into Syria and evading the Iran sanctions.