US Treasury sanctions firm allegedly ‘providing jet fuel’ to Russia in Syria
Washington on Thursday imposed sanctions on a firm it said was participating in a scheme to avoid US sanctions while helping provide jet fuel to Russian forces in Syria, Reuters reports.
The US Treasury Department said the newly sanctioned firm, Maritime Assistance LLC, was operating as a front company for OJSC Sovfracht, a company the US had previously sanctioned in relation to operations in Ukraine.
Three individuals were also targeted who were allegedly tied to Sovfracht. The Treasury decided to freeze any assets they may hold in the US and bar Americans from dealing with them.
Five ships were designated as “blocked property” of previously sanctioned Russian firm Transpetrochart, which Washington says provides support to Sovfracht.