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The US staged a hunt for “Putin's cook”: Pompeo named the reason

The US will work to prevent Prigogine and people like him from hiding

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American sanctions against Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin often referred to as “Putin's cook,” is aimed at preventing him from feeling comfortable and avoiding American pressure. This was announced on Monday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“The US administration will continue to work to ensure that Prigogine and people like him cannot hide and live comfortably, as long as they engage in destabilizing activities that threaten the interests of the United States, its allies and partners,” the Secretary of State said in a statement.

Pompeo explained that earlier on Monday the United States imposed additional sanctions related to the alleged Russian Federation to influence the American election.

We spoke clearly: we will not close our eyes to foreign interference in our elections. The US will continue to repulse hostile forces that are trying to undermine our democratic process, and we will not hesitate to force Russia to pay even more bills for its destabilizing and unacceptable activity, "Pompeo emphasized.

The US Treasury Department associates the expansion of the sanctions lists, in particular, with Russia's attempts to influence the midterm elections of 2018 in the country. This is stated in a statement released on Monday by the department.

“Today (Monday), the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on Russian individuals who tried to influence the midterm elections in 2018. There were no signs that foreign entities could compromise the electoral infrastructure, make changes or disrupt the counting process, “the document says.

Three companies, three aircraft, and a yacht, which are associated with the Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, were also included in the sanctions lists. The United States accuses him of financing anti-American information operations during the 2016 elections, allegedly conducted by the Internet Research Agency.

Recall that a month ago the United States introduced the second package of sanctions against Russia related to the poisoning of ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury.

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