. Democrats dissatisfied with the testimony of the Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin on closed hearings on sanctions against Russian organizations related to Oleg Deripaska, including " RUSAL ".
in her expressions, the officials, including Mnuchin, most of them were read aloud publicly available documents, because It was a "waste of time" for members of Congress. However, she admitted that presented the findings of exploration on the question of organizations was discussed.
Pelosi did not want to answer the question of whether Democrats in Congress to block the intention of the Ministry of Finance to remove punishments with a number of organizations.
in early April, the US imposed fresh penalties against Russia. For example, in the "black list" (SDN list) has made Oleg Deripaska and En controlled Group, " GAZ Group ", the "Basic element" and " RUSAL ". This meant the blocking of assets in the United States and a ban on any business with these companies for the American people, including any transactions with debt and equity instruments.
the Ministry of Finance gave a month for the sale of shares and debt instruments of these organizations and two months to complete the existing contracts and the termination of cooperation with companies. The limits were obliged to come into force on 7 may and 5 June, but these terms are repeatedly extended.
at the end of December the Ministry informed that after 30 days will be excluded from the sanctions list En , "RUSAL" and " EuroSibEnergo ", as Deripaska will reduce its stake in them. However, the SDN list will remain and the businessman, and assets where it owns 50% or more.
later, the chairmen of the seven committees of the chamber of authorized Congress appealed to the Ministry of Finance with the request to postpone the removal of penalties from organizations Deripaska.