>> A list of the Russian business elite drawn up by the Trump administration, may foretell who would be targeted if Washington did levy new sanctions. The so called list includes names like the mining magnates Vladimir Potanin and Oleg Deripaska, seen here with their President, Vladimir Putin, last year.
Shares in both their companies tumbled after the US Treasury Department named them. It also includes the cyber security giant Eugene Kaspersky whose software has been banned from federal computers for fear of back doors to Russian spies. He hit back on Twitter denying involvement with the government And saying the list seems to have just been ripped from Forbes.
> Several members of Putin's inner circle are already subject to sanctions placed overt the annexation of Crimea. But this list goes wider and appears to be based on the businessman's net worth rather than their proximity to the President. Drawn up, in part, over Washington's assessment that Moscow attempted to influence the 2016 presidential race.
The Kremlin's denied the allegation from the beginning. A spokesperson also said on Tuesday that this new list effectively labels all involved as enemies of the United States. Meanwhile, the financial analysts at Moody's say Russia can withstand any new sanctions. They have been hit hard by them since 2014.
But Moody's says recent growth means Russia might see its economic rating upgraded by the end of the year.