In the U.S. Congress introduced a bill to toughen sanctions against Russia

In the U.S. Congress introduced a bill aimed at increasing support for Ukraine and the tightening of anti-Russian measures (Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act, STAND). According to the developer of the bill, Congressman Eliot Engel, the document should demonstrate that the US does not intend to “stand by” while Russia is working on the destruction of the unity of the West and feel the strength of NATO.

“Our policy should be crystal clear as during the decades of Soviet occupation of the Baltic States. To maintain transatlantic unity, we must rely on our mode of sanctions against the Kremlin of the troublemakers,” said Engel.

In the message the press service of the Congressman stating that the adoption of a STAND will lead to a tightening of sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with the violation of her territorial integrity of Ukraine.

In particular, the state Department and the US Treasury, required to regularly provide the relevant committees of Congress a report on the activities of major Russian banks and banks from other countries, controlled by the included in the sanctions lists of persons and of all banks directly or indirectly undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. In accordance with the latest requirement under the hood should be all the banks operating in the Crimea.

In addition, the STAND requires U.S. government agencies to refrain from any action that might be construed as recognition (de facto or de jure) of the transfer of Crimea to Russia. In particular, it prohibits the release of official maps on which Crimea would be depicted as part of Russia.

The bill also introduces restrictions on the transfer of Russia by NATO of weapons or military equipment that contain American components or technology.

Simultaneously, the US state Department’s responsibility to develop and implement a strategy to combat “Russian disinformation and propaganda aimed at Russian-speaking population bordering Russia countries.

The STAND also provides for the expansion of the geography of the so-called “Magnitsky act”. Under the current rules as compiled in accordance with this law, the list may be made by persons, involved, according to the American authorities for crimes against the fundamental rights and freedoms of the person, committed in the territory of Russia. The authors STAND offers likewise to punish those who committed such deeds in the territories, occupied or otherwise controlled by Russia, Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria.

Directly Ukraine the new law promises to aid in the creation of a certain “international consortium”, which should attract private investors by reducing political risks. However, on the allocation of Ukraine of any loans or government guarantees.