U.S. senators have introduced a bipartisan bill entitled
“Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017”.
Among other things, the measure is intended to codify the
earlier presidential executive orders imposing sanctions on the Russian
Federation in response to the country’s interference with the 2016 U.S.
elections, as well as its attempted annexation of Crimea and military
aggression in Donbas.
Importantly also, the bill says that no U.S. Federal agency
shall take any action or extend any assistance that recognizes or implies any
recognition of the de jure or de facto sovereignty of the Russian Federation
over Crimea or its airspace or territorial waters.
The bill states further that it is the policy of the
United States to ensure that any relevant sanctions relief for the Russian
Federation is contingent on the recognition by the Government of the Russian
Federation of the sovereignty of Ukraine over Crimea as well as timely,
complete, and verifiable implementation of the Minsk agreements, especially the
restoration of Ukraine’s control of the entirety of its eastern border with the
Russian Federation in the conflict zone.