The US Congress approved tougher sanctions policy against Russia


The instrument for stability and democracy for Ukraine, which was presented to the Committee in April this year, was adopted by a majority of the members of the Committee. As reported by its author Eliot Engel, the bill aims to support the right of Ukraine to self-defence and should promote the return of Crimea. According to the Congressman, the United States should treat the Crimea the same way as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, whose accession to the USSR in 1940, Washington was recognized for 50 years.

In accordance with the text of the bill sanctions against Russia should not be eased until the execution by Moscow of its obligations under the Minsk agreements and restoring Ukrainian sovereignty over the Crimea. The document also spelled out the requirement to report regularly on banks that “illegally” control of Ukrainian assets. Speech, in particular, Russian banks on the territory of Crimea.

In addition, the bill proposes the White house to consult with the government of Ukraine to establish an international consortium to minimize possible risks in private investment in this country.

The document envisages the introduction of restrictions on the purchase of Russian military equipment or technology from the allies and directed the prevention of human rights violations in the territories that came under Russia’s control. The bill also calls for the development of a strategy that will allow you to answer “Russian propaganda” in Russian-speaking regions in the countries that border with Russia.

Also, the bill proposed to extend the “Magnitsky Act” in the territory “one way or another controlled by Russia.” We are talking about the Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria.

“We need to tell the people of Ukraine that we support it, and Vladimir Putin to say that “his aggressive behavior will not remain without response,” said Engel.