Kosachev: the bill on sanctions will hurt relations between US and Russia, but not Moscow’s policy

MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. A new bill on sanctions against Russia, introduced in the U.S. Senate, could be adopted, but it will affect bilateral relations between countries, not on Moscow’s policy. Such opinion, answering a question of the correspondent of TASS, was expressed by the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

According to him, the proposed group of U.S. senators, the initiative of the “normal operating conditions” would not have prospects, “because of the sanctions there is no reason”. “But anti-Russian sentiment in Congress is now heated to the max, and as you get closer to [the interim parliamentary] elections on 6 November, the common sense in the actions of American politicians will increasingly dissolve in the opportunistic considerations of the election campaign. Therefore, this odious project might sooner or later see the light of the law”, – stated the head of the Committee.

“If it is adopted, the implications for Russian-American relations, including parliamentary component will, of course, very negative,” said Kosachev. However, he emphasized that we are talking about the negative effect “for bilateral relations, not from the point of view of influence on Russian foreign and domestic policy.” “In this sense, the American sanctions as was initially deprived of any practical perspective, and will not find it, no matter how to add odium and aggression”, – concluded the Senator.

In the Public chamber (OP) of the Russian Federation also linked the introduction of the bill on sanctions, with the approaching mid-term elections in Congress, during which will be elected one-third of the Senate and the entire House of representatives. As noted in conversation with the correspondent of TASS, the head of Commission OP on development of public diplomacy, cultural cooperation and preservation of traditional values Elena sutormina, American politicians are now trying to make excuses for broken promises on domestic issues, it is necessary to “seek the enemy.” “In addition, there is added resentment to the fact that [past] restrictive measures have dealt a devastating blow to the economy of our country,” she concluded.

About the American bill

August 2 us senators introduced in the upper house of Congress a bill toughening anti-Russian sanctions. Co-authors of the initiative were Robert Menendez (Democrat, new Jersey), Lindsey Graham (Republican, South Carolina), John McCain (Republican, Arizona), Cory Gardner (Republican, Colorado), Ben Cardin (Democrat, Maryland), Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat, new Hampshire). They proposed “comprehensive legislation enhancing sanctions pressure on Russia.”

In particular, the document envisages “the tightening of sanctions against energy and financial sectors of Russia”, its “oligarchs and state-owned enterprises”, the application of the “sanctions against the Russian sovereign debt”. In addition, the bill aimed at imposing “sectoral sanctions applicable to cyberspace entities” and the US “National center to repel Russian threats.”