The Trump administration on Thursday expanded its sanctions on Russia’s intelligence agency by requiring it to register with the Treasury Department.
The move comes as President Donald Trump is looking to ramp up his foreign policy credentials, and it could complicate the administration’s efforts to reach a peace deal with the Russian government and strengthen relations with China and the European Union.
The Treasury Department also ordered Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency to report on its business dealings with the U.K., the U, Germany, France, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Russia, Spain and Turkey.
“It is now up to RIANovosti to identify, on their website, all transactions in currencies denominated in U.A.E. or U.N. dollars,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Mnuchin also said RIA-Novostic must file a “notice of violation” within 15 days.
“As a result of this action, RIA and its subsidiaries have the obligation to register as foreign agents with the Department of the Treasury and to comply with all U.E.-U.
N sanctions,” Mnuchin added.
“They will be required to report any such transactions to the U