Members of the banking Committee of the U.S. Senate Mike Crapo and Sherrod brown at the meeting on Wednesday, March 15, said that anti-Russian sanctions imposed after the “invasion of Russia in Ukraine”, it is impossible to cancel as long as Moscow does not take substantial measures to change the situation. About it reports Reuters.
The Senator from Idaho, a Republican, Crapo believes that the weakening of the sanctions regime may prompt Moscow “to continue its aggressive actions.” He noted that Russia remains a “hostile power” and trying to harm the United States and to “drive a wedge” between Washington and its allies.
Democrat brown recalled the report of American intelligence, which said about Russian “interference” in US elections. The Senator stressed that the Committee should focus on the preparation of “response”.
“We need to strengthen, not to weaken the sanctions against Russia. The President should work with Congress on policy toward Russia,” said brown in his opening remarks at the meeting of the Committee.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine on 7 March after meeting the head of Department Pavlo Klimkin and U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson said that the us “promised to keep” the sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements and the “de-occupation of Donbass and Crimea”.
Earlier, White house spokesman Sean Spicer noted that the United States will not remove sanctions against Moscow, while Crimea will not return to the Ukraine. However, he stressed that in relation to Russia there are two sets of sanctions, of which only one is associated with the question of territorial belonging of the Peninsula.
Us intelligence in January 2016 unveiled the unclassified version of the report about the “Russian interference” in the elections. From the document followed that U.S. intelligence has “high confidence” believes that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin ordered to launch a campaign of intervention in the US presidential election.