On Tuesday, the US Treasury Department published its "Kremlin report," which lists 114 Russian politicians and 96 business leaders who may later be targeted with sanctions.
"The list, that was published, was not a serious piece of work," Fried said. "I think the future is as [Treasury] Secretary [Steven] Mnuchin hinted in the Senate yesterday, we picked up on sanctions based on the classified annex."
The former official said the dynamic of the US-Russian relationship will now depend on the Russian government’s posture in Ukraine. Russia's aggressive behavior was predictable but Washington is not "racing to respond," he added.
"If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s Russia behaved less aggressively, it would not be Putin’s Russia," Fried said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin characterized the report as an "unfriendly move" by the United States that harmed relations between Moscow and Washington. Putin added that Moscow was not interested in scaling back relations with Washington and would refrain from retaliatory steps.