Groups of lawmakers in US Congress are trying to organize a “sort of economic blockade of Russia”, initiated a bill that will not allow the President of the United States Donald Trump to lift sanctions against Moscow, said Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov during his speech in the state Duma, reports “RIA Novosti”.
According to him, “enemies” of Russia in the U.S. Congress “are trying hard to destroy any germs of positive” in relations between the two countries. To do this, in January 2017, they introduced a bill providing for the codification of sanctions imposed by the Executive orders of the President of the United States Barack Obama, to “trump was not able to cancel them on their own”.
“Moreover, it is proposed to expand and to tighten the restriction and even try blackmail to force them to follow a third country. That is, in fact, to organize a sort of economic blockade of Russia”, — said Ryabkov. According to him, “yet this idea brewed in the apparatus of the relevant committees of Congress,” but ruled that such a law is passed, it is impossible.
Ryabkov also said that the foreign Ministry the situation is “not dramatic”, because I understand that “Trump and his appointees need time” to work the foreign block and the “update priorities”, but “analyze”, “fixed” and “take into account” all the signals that come from Washington.
“We will be judged only on business,” concluded Ryabkov.
In mid-February, three members of the house of representatives (the lower house of Congress) of the US Republican party and four from the Democratic party introduced a bill to Congress of Russian Sanctions Review Act (“reconsideration Russian sanctions”). The bill requires the administration to trump submit to the Congress confirming that Moscow “has ceased to support the action aimed at undermining the government in Ukraine, and cyber attacks against the United States and citizens of the country,” in that case, if the US President considers it necessary to soften sanctions against Moscow. The congressmen also asked to give them the right for 120 days to consider the possibility of easing or lifting of sanctions against Russia.
Previously, in early February, a similar bill was introduced in the Senate (the upper chamber of Congress) a group of senators headed by the known anti-Russian views Lindsey Graham and Ben Cardin. The gist of it is that if the White house wants to lift sanctions against Russia, he first have to provide to Congress a detailed justification for this decision and then have to step the 120-day period during which the congressmen themselves will decide whether to accept them or not.