The Trump administration late Monday released a long-awaited list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 “oligarchs” with ties to President Vladimir Putin, fulfilling a demand by Congress to penalize Moscow for allegedly interfering in the 2016 US election. Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, who is himself on the list, told reporters on Tuesday that Moscow would take the time to analyze the list which he described as “unprecedented” in its scope. “De-facto everyone has been called an adversary of the United States,” he said.
The Kremlin also indicated that it didn’t view the US administration’s announcement that it would not impose any new sanctions on Russia for now as any sort of reassurance. Peskov said the Kremlin noted that new sanctions might still be imposed later, and this is causing extreme unease in Russia’s political and business communities. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has lauded the Trump administration’s list of Russian oligarchs and politicians as a “good list.”