The reason was to help Russian companies who wanted to avoid sanctions.
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 sanctioned companies – the Vela Marine Ltd in Petrograd and the Slovakian Lacno, r. and two people assisted the Russian company Divetechnoservices to circumvent sanctions.USA imposed sanctions in June on Divetechno services for selling fraudulent equipment and diving systems to Russian state agencies, including the FSB secret service.
The Obama administration imposed sanctions against the FSB in December 2016. As a reason for the aggressive intimidation of US officials by the Russian government and cyber operations aimed at the presidential election in 2016.
The US Treasury Department said that the memories of two people – Marina Igorevna Careva and Anton Alexandrovich Nagibin – helped DivetechnoServices attempt to bypass American sanctions.