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    US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia

    The Trump administration today introduced tough new sanctions against Russia, targeting seven tycoons and 17 government officials in a move apparently designed to demonstrate that President Donald Trump is willing to stand up to the Kremlin. Among those hit by the measures — which Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said were in response to Russia’s destabilization in the world — include key energy players Igor Rotenberg and Kirill Shamalov, both of whom are tied to Vladimir Putin. The move comes days after the White House confirmed Trump invited his Russian counterpart to Washington for a meeting.

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