The Latest Sanctions on Russia Point to a New Nuclear Option in U.S. Diplomacy

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev leads a Cabinet meeting to draw up measures to support sanctioned Russian companies, in the Gorky residence outside Moscow, April 9, 2018 (Sputnik photo by Alexander Astafyev via AP).
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev leads a Cabinet meeting to draw up measures to support sanctioned Russian companies, in the Gorky residence outside Moscow, April 9, 2018 (Sputnik photo by Alexander Astafyev via AP).
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At first glance, the U.S. Treasury Department’s April 6 sanctions against 38 Russian individuals and business entities, including oligarchs and senior government officials, would be easy enough to dismiss as the latest reprisal in an escalating geopolitical spat between the United States and Russia. Just a week before, the two countries traded diplomatic expulsions over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom. Sixty diplomats from each nation were declared persona non grata. The U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg and the Russian consulate in Seattle were both shuttered. The tit-for-tat expulsions followed a February indictment by the […]

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