U.S. senators introduce a bill strengthening sanctions against Russia
12.01.2017 | 12:14

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 countrys 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 Ukraines control of the entirety of its eastern border with the Russian Federation in the conflict zone.


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