U.S. Takes Welcomed Step in Imposing Tougher Sanctions against Russia | Freedom House

U.S. Takes Welcomed Step in Imposing Tougher Sanctions against Russia

Washington

In response to the United States imposing new economic sanctions against Russia in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Having called on the Obama administration for several months to show leadership in pushing back against Russian President Vladimir Putin for his ongoing aggression against Ukraine, Freedom House welcomes today's announcement of new, tougher U.S. sanctions targeting Russian banks and energy companies,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “Putin needs to know that there are real consequences for his actions. Gazprom should be added to the list of sanctioned companies since it has cut off energy supplies to Ukraine. While we welcome the EU’s decision to limit Russia’s access to EU financing, we urge the Europeans to follow the U.S. and impose sanctions on key companies.”

Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2013.

To learn more, visit:
Op-ed: Putin’s Russia: Enabler of Repression
Op-ed: U.S. Must Move Now on Russia Sanctions
Freedom in the World 2014: Russia
Freedom of the Press 2014: Russia
Freedom on the Net 2013: Russia
Nations in Transit 2014: Russia
Freedom House on Russia: 2003-2014

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