TIT FOR TAT: Putin imposes sanctions on President Obama's homosexual lobby
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/2/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The United States and Russia, incensed over recent actions in Crimea and the Ukraine, have been engaging in tit-for-tat games with economic sanctions. According to the Daily Beast, the Kremlin has expanded its secret "black list" of Americans banned from Russia to include Obama campaign fundraisers tied to the homosexual community. The recent sanctions are in retaliation to the Obama administration's attack on the assets of key business associates of Vladimir Putin in March.
In a bit of agit-prop art, denouncing Vladimir Putin's anti-gay rights stance, Putin warned last month that he was preparing a new, third round of retaliatory sanctions against U.S. and European businessmen connected to Russia.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - The Russian government has only publicly revealed one list of sanctioned Americans, which included top Senators and White House officials.
The Russian Foreign Ministry late in March said publicly that it had responded to the second round of U.S. sanctions by expanding its black list.
"Of course, such actions cannot remain unanswered. Russia responded by undertaking similar measures," the foreign ministry said in a statement that was all-but-ignored in the West.
The first U.S. sanctions list included mostly politicians. Then the Kremlin crafted a proportional response, sanctioning Americans equivalent to the Russians punished by the U.S.
The second American list for sanctions was far more personal, going after big businessmen in Russia who were very close to Putin; specifically, his moneymen and his cronies. Putin said last month that he was baffled that the Americans were targeting the Russian oligarchs.
"As for the sanctions, I consider the first package of sanctions an unlawful and hostile act against Russia, and a step that will definitely damage Russia-U.S. and Russia-EU relations. But as for the second package of sanctions, it is not even clear exactly what they are all about, because they have no cause and effect link to what is happening now in Ukraine and in Russia," he said.
Diplomatic sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that the expanded and still-secret Russian sanctions list includes five top Obama campaign bundlers as well as about a dozen top Senators and Congressmen who were not included in the first list. A focus was put on those with ties to the gay and lesbian community. It's being seen as symbolic of the ongoing fight between the Kremlin and the White House over Russia's laws punishing the promotion of homosexual propaganda.
Putin warned last month that he was preparing a new, third round of retaliatory sanctions against U.S. and European businessmen connected to Russia.
"Let me say again that there is nothing good in these sanctions-they will be damaging. The Russian Federation Government has already proposed some countermeasures," Putin said. "I do not see a need for us to take countermeasures. But if this kind of situation continues, of course we will have to start looking at who is doing what in Russia in different sectors of our economy, including the energy sector."
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