"We have, I think, shown that we are implementing it robustly and working closely with the Europeans, and I think the Europeans are happy with where we are today," US Department of State Deputy Director of Policy Planning David Tessler said.
David Tessler from the State Department: for an effective use of #sanctions one needs to 1. Always keep in mind the broader end-goals, 2. Understand your targets and 3. build coalitions #ShapingSanctions pic.twitter.com/9dAbNL7j2E— Global Econ (@AC_GBE) March 9, 2018
— Global Econ (@AC_GBE) March 9, 2018
Trump signed CAATSA into law in August after Congress passed the measure in response to allegations that Russia sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
In January, the Trump administration started imposing new sanctions under CAATSA regarding significant transactions with Russian defense or intelligence sectors.
Russia has also faced allegations of attempts to influence US public life, in particular, to meddle in the country's 2016 presidential election campaign. Russian officials have repeatedly emphasized that these accusations were groundless, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressing that no evidence was produced to substantiate the claims.