The Obama administration opposed the adoption of the present form of the Act on the protection of civilians in Syria, fearing that alleged in the bill of penalties for the support of the government of Bashar al-Assad will harm U.S. relations with Russia and Iran, the journalist writes The Washington Post Josh Rogin, citing congressional sources.
The house of representatives was going to pass a law at the end of last month, but the White house persuaded Congress to postpone the vote, told Regina one of the initiators of the bill, Republican Adam Kinzinger. According to him, the Democrats refused to pass the law in its current form, agreeing that it would be detrimental force at the time the agreement on a cease-fire in Syria, agreed between Washington and Moscow.
Now, according to Rogin, the White house told Congress that sanctions against Russia will undermine any future contacts with Moscow through diplomatic settlement in Syria, and sanctions against Iran would be a violation of the agreements with Tehran reached by the Obama administration against the Iranian nuclear program.
The bill was introduced in the House of representatives in mid-July 2016, when the US and Russia are actively discussing cooperation in Syria to fight with terrorist groups. His chief supporter was made by the Democrat Eliot Engel, who has previously initiated the law on support of Ukraine, toughen sanctions against Russia.
The bill on the protection of civilians in Syria involves the imposition of sanctions against any structures that will be involved in alleged war crimes committed by the government of Bashar al-Assad. In the case of a law with sanctions will be punished by business and financial ties with the Syrian government and its military and intelligence structures, as the WP, will affect Russia and Iran. Restrictions will also be imposed against agencies doing business with the Syrian state-owned companies in the field of aviation, telecommunications and energy.
Representative Engel declined to comment on the negotiations between the White house and Congressman against the bill.
In late September, press Secretary of U.S. President Josh earnest mentioned the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia for its position on Syria. He said that Washington considers Russia responsible for shelling of the humanitarian convoy to Aleppo, even if just to blame the forces of the Syrian government.
October 3 the U.S. state Department announced the termination of cooperation with Russia on ensuring the ceasefire in Syria, accusing Moscow of escalating the fighting in Aleppo. Earlier, the Syrian army announced the resumption of hostilities, accusing the rebel group in the breakdown of the truce.
Humanitarian organizations claim that since the resumption of bombing in Aleppo, in the city killed hundreds of civilians. According to the WSJ, Germany made the expansion of the EU sanctions against Russia as one of the variants of pressure on Moscow to change its position on Syria.
Russia has repeatedly denied that its air force strikes on civilian targets in Syria. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said on 6 October that he considers Moscow’s actions in Syria are legal and do not see any reason for the imposition of sanctions.