What you need to know
By Angela Dewan
Updated March 8, 2018
Congress almost unanimously passed a bill placing sanctions on Russia in August 2017. But President Donald Trump has yet to impose a single one.
Russia’s interference in the 2016 election
Human rights violations
The annexation of Crimea
Military operations in eastern Ukraine
They also reduce the president’s power to wave or ease certain sanctions without Congressional approval.
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The sanctions target people and entities that:
Limited to a one-year period of $10 million or more
The US and the European Union have spearheaded past sanctions against Russia, and other countries have followed suit.
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But measuring their impact on Russia’s economy is not an exact science.
What seems clear is that the price of oil — which Russia's economy depends on — has had a far greater impact than sanctions.
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