Trump administration declines to impose new Russia sanctions

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The Trump administration announced Monday it is not going to implement sanctions against companies and individuals doing business with Russian defense and intelligence sectors.

Under a bipartisan law passed 98-2 in the Senate to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and other abuses, the administration was required to release by Monday a list of blacklisted Russian companies and individuals, but a State Department official said foreign governments and individuals are instead being put "on notice" that "significant transactions with listed Russian entities will result in sanctions. Sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent."

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