While the White House has continually threatened further sanctions against Russia for non-de-escalation (even as it un-de-escalates itself), the specifics of the additional sanctions have been sparse. German CEO warnings over blowback from economic sanctions… the “nonsense” of replacing Russian gas with US gas… the Russian warnings of “interdependence” and “boomerangs”… all reduce the West’s arsenal of financial sanctions. But, as The Times of London reports, perhaps the US has found a crucial pain point for Putin – a sanctions regime that would target Putin’s personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts.
The White House on Friday refused to comment on reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal wealth could be targeted if the West were to move ahead with additional sanctions over Ukraine.
“I’m not going to get into foreshadowing particular individuals or entities that the United States may target,” national security adviser Susan Rice told reporters at the White House. “But let me just say we’ve been clear that there are additional individuals, officials, close associates of senior leadership, oligarchs and those entities that they are associated with that remain very much potential targets of additional sanctions.”
The Times of London reported Friday that the U.S. was preparing a sanctions regime that would target Putin’s personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts.
Putin’s actual holdings are a tightly held secret, and the extent of his holdings are difficult to estimate. But a threat of trying to freeze the Russian president’s personal assets could have played a role in a deal brokered Thursday by foreign ministers from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and European Union.
Perhaps it is worth remembering Putin’s response from last week’s Q&A…
Putin was asked why the US can do whatever it wants and no one punishes them, while attempts are being made to punish Russia.
“The US is certainly one of the world’s leaders. At some point it seemed that it was the only leader and a uni-polar system was in place. Today it appears that is not the case. Everything in the world is interdependent and once you try to punish someone, in the end you will cut off your nose to spite your face,” he said.
Though we are sure Obama and his team have considered all the intended and unintended consequences of any such actions.
5 thoughts on “This Means War: US To Target Putin’s Personal $40 Billion Stash”
Why is Putin’s personal finances any business of the United States? Let’s leave the man alone and keep our noses in our own back yard.
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, therefore … BO better watch HIS personal finances and stop living in a glass house.
These people make me physically ill.
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Don’t be fooled by Putin.
Enough of the Putin Worship!
“We will strive to ensure a new world order, one that meets current geopolitical realities, and one that develops smoothly and without unnecessary upheaval.”
“I recently had a talk with Henry Kissinger. I meet with him regularly. I fully share this consummate professional’s thesis that close and trusting interactions between Moscow and Washington are particularly important in periods of international turbulence.”
Putin in ‘Russia and the Changing World‘ 2012.
Take a long look at the picture of him chumming with the demon kissinger.
He meets with him regularly?
Ukraine is all theater except for the innocents caught in the crossfire.
This is all part of the plan to birth the death cult of the synagogue of satan and unleash hell on earth.
No worship here. I know who Putin was/is. He’s not to be trusted that’s for sure.
I’m just sick and tired of the U.S. getting involved in the business of other countries, starting wars and using our people for cannon fodder for the bankers.
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…. and you can imagine how the people in other countries feel about it.
I apologize Cathleen. I wasn’t implying you were a putin worshiper. I was cautioning everyone to not fall for RasPutin.
You probably know this already.
The US is the rothschild globocop. That’s why america’s kids (and I do mean kids…infantry
…infants) are sent to early death and disfigurement.
America’s military has one place and one place only…within the borders defending the country from any internal or external enemies. That’s all.
This is a most shameful and heinous path for america to have been forced onto, by psychopaths that have no empathy or moral integrity. America is currently ruled and being driven into the dirt by the sons of cain. The khazar false ‘jews’.
So, it’s either a course correction or america will be no more. This’ll take a paradigm shift in the zeitgeist of the nation….to turn from a cult of death to a fountain of renaissance and renewal.
A path of life and a rejection of a cult of death.
I pray, wish, hope this will happen.