ホワイトハウス、米銀にロシアとの協力を非公開で要請 - Bloomberg: ずくなしの冷や水


ホワイトハウス、米銀にロシアとの協力を非公開で要請 - Bloomberg

White House privately asks US banks to work with Russia – Bloomberg
The Biden administration is trying to maintain sanctions pressure while avoiding “a global economic catastrophe,” the agency says
The Biden administration is privately urging leading US banks like JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup to continue doing business with strategic Russian firms despite sanctions imposed on Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine, people familiar with the issue told Bloomberg.

The requests have been made by the US Treasury and State Departments as the government tries to maintain pressure on Russia, but at the same time avoid “a global economic catastrophe,” the news agency reported on Monday.

Washington has been requesting services such as US dollar settlements, payment transfers, and trade finance for Russian firms that are exempt from certain aspects of the sanctions, including gas giant Gazprom and fertilizer producers Uralkali and PhosAgro, the sources said.

As a result, the largest American banks are currently being “caught in the push-pull” between the Biden administration and Congress, which insists on harsher measures against Moscow.

The sanctions prevent US banks from providing services to blacklisted entities and people, with violations punishable by multibillion-dollar fines.

Jamie Dimon the CEO of investment bank JPMorgan Chase was reportedly grilled at a congressional hearing in September over his company allegedly using loopholes in the sanctions regime to keep working with Russia. The banker responded by saying that “we are following the instructions of the American government as they asked us to do it.”

When addressed on the matter by Bloomberg, a Treasury spokesman said that it had issued guidance to banks, clarifying that activities in humanitarian aid, energy, and agriculture are authorized. JPMorgan and Citigroup have declined to comment.

“Congress needs to understand this - the US government has not imposed a comprehensive embargo with Russia, there’s still pockets of business that are allowed,” Nnedinma Ifudu Nweke, an attorney specializing in US economic sanctions at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, pointed out.

The Treasury “will continue to have meetings to educate banks on those pockets of allowable transactions, especially in the humanitarian space,” Nweke added.





投資銀行JPMorgan ChaseのCEOであるJamie Dimon氏は、9月に行われた議会の公聴会で、同社が制裁体制の抜け穴を利用してロシアとの取引を続けているとの疑惑について質問されたと伝えられている。これに対して同銀行員は、"我々はアメリカ政府から要請されたとおりに従っている "と答えたという。


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLPで米国の経済制裁を専門とする弁護士、Nnedinma Ifudu Nweke氏は、「米国議会はこのことを理解する必要がある-米国政府はロシアに対して包括的な禁輸措置を取っておらず、まだ許されるビジネスのポケットがある」と指摘した。

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