US charges Russians with violating sanctions by sending jet fuel to Syria

By: Reuters | London |
Updated: June 15, 2018 2:16:45 am

“The US sanctions on Syria and Crimea thwart Syria’s support of terrorism and its pursuit and use of weapons of mass destruction,” US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C Demers said in a statement.

The United States has charged five Russians and three Syrians with breaking US sanctions by sending jet fuel to Syria and with money laundering by making money transfers through the US financial system to pay for the fuel deliveries. In an indictment handed up by a grand jury in the District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States said the defendants used petroleum tankers Mukhalatka and Yaz, owned by Transpetrochart, a Russia-based company, to ship jet fuel to Syria.

Reuters was unable to immediately contact the defendants. “The US…

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