The US imposed sanctions on Tuesday on two Russians, a Russian and a Slovakian company. As a reason they have said that their behavior has helped other Russian companies to avoid sanctions against harmful Russian activities.
The US Treasury Department stated in its statement that the sanctioned companies – Vela-Marine Ltd, Slovakian Lacno, s.r.o., and two people helped the Russian company Divetechnoservices to circumvent sanctions.
The US imposed sanctions on Divetechno services in June for providing fraudulent equipment and diving systems for Russian government agencies, including the FSB secret service.
The Obama administration imposed sanctions against the FSB in December 2016. As a reason for aggressive intimidation of US officials by the Russian government and cyber operations targeting the presidential election in 2016, the US Treasury Department said the mention of two persons – Marina Igorevna Careva and Anton Alexandrovich Nagibin – Divetechnoservices trying to get around US sanctions .