Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin says his country will continue to use sanctions against Russia.

"Sanctions are a very important tool. We've used them – I believe – very effectively against Russia. We will continue to use them against Russia for bad behavior, to try to change [the] behavior," he said on April 9 while testifying on the Treasury budget request for the fiscal year 2020, according to the Ukrainian TV news service TSN.

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Congressman from Utah's Second Congressional District Chris Stewart suggested that Mnuchin consider restrictions on the Russian metallurgy and mining industry because the sanctions in that area had not yet been used by Washington.

Also, members of Congress drew attention to Russian companies engaged in the extraction of potassium. In response, Mnuchin said that all requests would be carefully studied.

"I want to be careful in a public setting that we don't comment on future sanctions but I can assure you that my office will follow up your request very seriously," he said.

As UNIAN reported, Trump in early March signed a decree on the continuation of sanctions against the Russian Federation.