The United States has punished dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials with sanctions that took direct aim at President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, as President Donald Trump's administration tried to show he is not afraid to take tough action against Moscow.
The measures announced by the Treasury Department were also aimed at 17 senior Russian government officials.
A state-owned arms-dealing company, accused by the U.S. of selling to Assad, was also targeted, along with a subsidiary bank.
CNN said, the fresh sanctions are the latest step by Washington against Russia following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England, interference in the US Presidential election and a cyber attack.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said USA officials would continue to work toward a meeting with Putin at some point.
As a result of the punishment, all assets of the designated persons and entities that are subject to USA jurisdiction are frozen, and US persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.
"The requisitioning of private property and other people's money is known as theft", the ministry added.
The measures were taken under a United States law passed to punish Russian Federation for its alleged bid to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, engage in cyber-warfare and intervene in Ukraine and Syria.
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It was not clear whether any of those hit have significant holdings in the US that could be seized, and if they did previously, they may have already moved their money elsewhere in anticipation of the sanctions.
But Congress persisted, backed by evidence from U.S. intelligence agencies, and in March the administration finally imposed sanctions on 19 Russian entities for "malicious cyber attacks".
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President Trump has not formally agreed to sit down with Mueller, though he told reporters in January that he was "looking forward" to an interview.
Trump administration officials cast it as part of a concerted, ongoing effort to push back on Mr Putin, emphasising that since Mr Trump took office past year, the U.S. has punished 189 Russia-related people and entities with sanctions.
"Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government's destabilizing activities".
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