The US Senate approved an overwhelming majority of the bill to expand anti-Russian sanctions.
The new measures are presented in the form of an amendment to the draft law on the application of sanctions against Iran. At the same time, the document contains a provision that does not allow President Donald Trump to weaken or cancel the measures taken without the approval of the congress.
The proposed sanctions involve a reduction in the maximum period for market financing of Russian banks to 14 days, and companies in the oil and gas sector – up to 30 days. In addition, within 180 days after the introduction of amendments, the head of the US Treasury must submit to Congress a report on the possible consequences of extending sanctions on Russia’s sovereign debt.
Now the bill will go to the House of Representatives of Congress, where, if approved, go to sign the head of the White House.
Earlier in Moscow, they said that the plans of the American senators threatened to turn into a new “sanctions peak”. And, as Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, stressed, “this is not our choice.”
In the opinion of Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the international committee of the Federation Council, the position of the US Senate on sanctions is inadequate for either the situation in the world or in bilateral relations.
“There is a vicious circle when the previous step, which did not give before the “desired” result, dictates the need for the next, more stringent, but this is not more effective,” he noted.
The first deputy head of the international committee of the Council of Federation, Vladimir Jabarov, believes that “it is necessary to wait for the final decision of the congress, to see the reaction of US President Donald Trump.”
“But if the law is adopted, in any case, we will not leave this unanswered,” Jabarov stressed.
Original: Сенат США одобрил законопроект о расширении антироссийских санкций