The United States imposes secondary sanctions mainly against weak economies, for example, Iran and North Korea, but despite Washington’s tough stance, the share of restrictions for cooperation with Russia is only five percent. This assessment is given by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), reports RBC.

Secondary sanctions are imposed on certain companies and individuals who violate the laws of the United States, primary sanctions are imposed directly on those who cooperate with the United States and violate their legislative norms. Thus, those who cooperate with people or organizations that have fallen under restrictions also fall under secondary sanctions. They have a choice whether to continue these contacts at the cost of losing the benefits of ties with America.

“While Russian and Chinese entities are often sanctioned for violating sanctions against other countries, the share of US secondary restrictions [imposed on foreign persons as part of sanctions programs] against Russia and China remains moderate,” the CNAS report says.

68 percent of the total number of sanctions were imposed for cooperation with Iran, 22 percent — with North Korea. The authors of the report note that the low frequency of restrictions against Russia and China is due to the importance of their economies and involvement in international processes.

Earlier, on August 20, the United States imposed sanctions against companies and ships because of the Nord Stream-2 . We are talking about the companies “Nobility” and “Constant”, the courts “Ivan Sidorenko” and “Ostap Sheremeta”. The President of the United States, Joe Biden, issued a decree allowing restrictions to be imposed in connection with” certain energy projects “of Russia, in particular, this concerns the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.