The United States will continue its policy of harsh sanctions against Russia, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was quoted as saying by The Hill, TASS reports.
"I would just comment that this administration has been tougher on Russia and has done more Russian sanctions than before, we will continue to do this," he told reporters after a closed-door briefing for members of the House of Representatives on lifting sanctions against companies linked to Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska.
According to Mnuchin, the US Department of the Treasury "has made its best judgment in applying the law and regulations for us to have effective sanctions programs."
The statement came in response to earlier concerns, expressed by the congressmen over the removal of sanctions. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi earlier said he was "very disturbed" by those developments. "I am afraid this is the tip of the iceberg of the undoing of the sanctions regime," he said.