New U.S. sanctions? Ambassador Kent D Logsdon: Our work is not over

The U. S. Department of the Treasury could impose sanctions also on other oligarchs from Moldova. Ambassador Kent D Logsdon said all the entities responsible for the collection of information are working to identify other players who committed wrongdoings. The U.S. diplomat noted the process is long-lasting as conclusive evidence is needed to be able to impose new sanctions, IPN reports.

Last year, the U. S. Department of the Treasury added the former chairman of the Democratic Party Vlad Plahotniuc and the leader of the Shor Party Ilan Shor to the sanctions list. The sanctions imply the prohibition of any transaction and the provision of funds, assets or services for the benefit of those listed. Ambassador Kent D Logsdon said that this way the U.S. helps Moldova in the fight against corruption.

“For the U.S., it is very important that the fight against corruption should function globally. We are concerned when wrongdoings are committed. We want to help the countries of the world so that the people live in a safe environment. That’s why we identify and sanction persons who break the law worldwide. We designated misters Shor and Plahotniuc based on two different criteria. Vlad Plahotniuc was sanctioned for his actions at domestic level, while Ian Shor for working for the Russian Federation. For us, it is important to have proofs in this process. We take them from the public and private sectors, from civil society. There is also the reputational risk. For us, it is good that these players will be unable to hire different lawyers. In the working process, they will not be able to use dollars. We hope that these sanctions will make the work of these illegal players more difficult,” Kent D Logsdon stated in the program “Black Box” on TV8 channel.

According to the diplomat, the process of sanctioning Moldovan oligarchs is not yet over. Evidence is being collected from private and public institutions to prove the involvement of other Moldovans in illegalities.

“What happens when someone is sanctioned? Anyone who is involved in the business of the sanctioned person is reported to the U. S. Department of the Treasury. The idea is to make the life of persons who break the law and run away more difficult. Our work is not over. We continue to look for different persons who commit wrongdoings,” said Kent D Logsdon, noting he is hopeful they will have yet designations.

After the U.S. imposed sanctions on Moldovan oligarchs Vlad Plahotniuc and Ilan Shor, the British Government also added the two to the sanctions list, freezing the assets of the two in the UK and banning British citizens from performing economic transactions with them.

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