Moscow — The US identified 210 Russian billionaires and top officials in a sweeping list required under last summer’s sanctions law, but underlined that those named aren’t being targeted for new restrictions. The highly anticipated document, mandated by US Congress over White House objections to punish Russia for alleged meddling in the 2016 election, had fueled alarm in Moscow and threatened to further escalate tensions between the Cold War rivals. The US treasury announced the list just ahead of a midnight deadline, highlighting it does not mean those listed "meet the criteria for designation under any sanctions programme". Relieved investors pushed yields on Russian 10-year bonds to the lowest levels in five years as the treasury provided no details on a separate report on the effect of expanding sanctions to Russian sovereign debt. The US state department told Congress on Monday that provisions of the law affecting the defence and intelligence sector are acting as a deterrent, m...

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