US State department spokeswoman

  • says Trump administration has informed congress that 2017 sanction law is deterring Russian defense sales

  • says "we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisition"
  • says if law is working, sanctions will not need to be imposed because legislation serves as deterrent
  • says US will not preview sanctions actions
  • says "when and if we have sanctions to announce, we will do so"
  • says should sanctions be imposed, they would primarily be on non-Russian entities responsible for major transactions with Russia's intelligence, defense sectors

Headlines via Reuters

Join the conversation in our new Telegram group