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Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House, Patrick Leahy, President of the Senate - Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

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By:
Date:
Location: Washington, DC

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Mr. President:)

Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the "order") expanding the scope of the national emergency I declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014, with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Ukraine.

In the order, I find that the actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine -- including the recent deployment of Russian Federation military forces in the Crimea region of Ukraine -- undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, and thereby constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. The order blocks the property and interests in property of persons listed in an Annex to the order. The order also blocks the property and interests in property of persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

to be an official of the Government of the Russian Federation;

to operate in the arms and related materiel sector in the Russian Federation;

to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly:

o a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation; or

o a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order; or

to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:

o a senior official of the Government of the Russian Federation; or

o a person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order.

In addition, the order suspends entry into the United States of any alien determined to meet one or more of the above criteria.

I have delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury the authority, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the order. All agencies of the United States Government are directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of the order.

I am enclosing a copy of the Executive Order I have issued.

Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA


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