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12th September 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama May Have Just Dealt A Crushing Blow To Russia’s Oil Exploration

Mark Dubowitz

New U.S. sanctions handed down on Friday are designed to effectively "shut off" Russian oil conglomerates from oil exploration projects, U.S. officials said, in a move aimed squarely at Russia's $425 billion-a-year petroleum industry.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by David Jackson and Oren Dorell - USA Today

Obama Team Unveils New Russia Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration and European allies are expanding their economic battle against Russia, including new sanctions that target its largest bank as well as the financial, energy and defense sectors.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Martin Weiss -

‘Putin se musí bát. Ekonomické války i zbraní’

Mark Dubowitz

V politice Západu vůči Rusku musí vzniknout program asymetrických protiopatření: sankcí a agresivní diplomacie, říká v rozhovoru pro Týdeník ECHO Mark Dubowitz, který „vymýšlel“ americké sankce vůči Íránu.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Dick Cheney: How Obama and the isolationists got it wrong

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

By delightful coincidence, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a previously scheduled speech on the same day President Obama is due to speak to the nation about the Islamic State, or rather speak again about the Islamic State, which, yes, Obama really did, once call the “JV” team...

9th September 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Germany, Czech Republic Seek to Conduct “Business as Usual” with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

On Sunday, Benjamin Weinthal documented the expansion of business ties between Iran, Germany and the Czech Republic, which have been undermining the leverage that sanctions initially provided in the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with the Islamic republic.

8th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses sanctions on Russia amidst unrest in Eastern Europe.

4th September 2014 - Quoted by Carol Matlack - Bloomberg Businessweek

Swift Justice: One Way to Make Putin Howl

Mark Dubowitz

What could be the West’s ultimate weapon against Russian President Vladimir Putin is a little-known organization housed in a neoclassical building on a wooded campus in a Brussels suburb: the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or Swift.

3rd September 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don’t Call Them Bases

Mark Dubowitz

With Russian forces entering into Ukraine, NATO is putting together a plan to place the alliance’s troops in bases behind the former Iron Curtain. One U.S. official who was not authorized to speak to the press said the presence of U.S. troops inside these bases in Poland, Romania,...

1st September 2014 - Quoted by Carol Matlack - Business Week

Choking Russia’s Banks Would Be The Ultimate Sanction

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union is poised to hit Russia with a fresh round of sanctions amid mounting evidence of direct Russian military intervention in southeastern Ukraine. EU leaders said on Aug. 31 after a weekend summit meeting in Brussels that they’ll decide within a week on possible new...

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The UK Has A Plan To Cut Off Russian Businesses From The Rest Of The World

Mark Dubowitz

The United Kingdom will push the European Union this weekend to consider the most punitive sanctions yet against Russia for its involvement in escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

28th August 2014 - Sun News Network

The Source with Ezra Levant

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman on Russian troop movements into Ukraine.

19th August 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Despite Sanctions Relief, Iran Aids Hamas With Missile Technology

Jonathan Schanzer

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a “real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement” with Tehran.

17th August 2014 - Cited by The Wall Street Journal

Some Realism on Russia

Mark Dubowitz

President Petro Poroshenko said Friday his military destroyed armored vehicles entering Ukraine from Russia, and a Russian invasion could happen any day.

15th August 2014 - Quoted by Vladimir Dubinsky - Svoboda

Запад не поверил Путину

Boris Zilberman

Ялтинские заявления президента России о деэскалации на Украине западные политики и эксперты назвали декларативными

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Kasia Klimasinska, Dakin Campbell and Ian Katz - Bloomberg Businessweek

Banks Woo Treasury Sanctions Pros to Navigate Complex U.S. Rules

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration unit central to enforcing economic sanctions on the regimes of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad has to contend with a nuisance closer to home: large banks poaching its staff.

4th August 2014 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

Warriors in Gray Suits

Mark Dubowitz

Economic sanctions are now the default instrument of coercive statecraft for confronting challenges to the international order.

4th August 2014 - Quoted by John Kemp - Reuters

EU Energy Restrictions on Russia Are Mostly “Sanctions Theatre”

Mark Dubowitz

EU sanctions on Russia's oil sector will not seriously hamper the development of new oil resources in either the short or the long term, though they leave open the possibility of further escalation if relations with Russia deteriorate in future.

1st August 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Experts Explain Why The New Russia Sanctions Still Won’t Work

Mark Dubowitz

Earlier this week — for the third time this year — the U.S. announced a new round of sanctions on Russia for its involvement in destabilizing the crisis in Ukraine.

30th July 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman on the latest round of sanctions for Russia.

30th July 2014 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Marcus Walker - The Wall Street Journal

Recent History Suggests Tougher Russia Sanctions Are Needed

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. and Europe made good this week on their threats to start penalizing broader sections of Russia's economy in a bid to force President Vladimir Putin to end his support for separatist rebels in Ukraine.


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