US Senators Introduced a Bill on New Sanctions Against Russia
OREANDA-NEWS US senators have prepared a bill on new restrictive measures against Russia, in particular, in connection with the incident in the Kerch Strait. The document provides for sanctions against the shipbuilding sector and state energy projects.
The draft law" on the protection of American security from the Kremlin's aggression " (DASKA) of 2019 is an even tougher version of the bill Menendez — Graham, first published in August 2018. That legislative initiative called the project "bill from hell". The publication of DASKA in late summer caused panic in the Russian market: the ruble fell by more than 10% in August.
According to the new bill, restrictive measures will affect 24 "FSB agent" who took part in the detention of Ukrainian sailors illegally crossed the Russian border in the Kerch Strait.
The bill provoked a negative reaction from members of Russian Parliament. Thus, Senator Franz Klintsevich said that the sanctions planned by Washington are not related to the Kerch Strait, but only a continuation of the "long tradition" of anti-Russian policy of the United States.
A member of the Federation Council Vladimir Jabarov promised that Moscow will introduce countermeasures if new American sanctions come into force.
"We have something to answer. We will use the available resources-I am convinced of this," he stressed.According to the parliamentarian, the new restrictive measures will not cause significant damage to the industries specified in the bill. He added that in five years Russia has successfully learned to resist sanctions.
The State Duma, in its turn, doubted that the bill is really implemented. Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee Alexei Chepa expressed confidence that such a proposal of "crazy campaign" will not take place in the Senate.
Also, according to the Deputy, Washington will continue, as he did in the past, to build a policy of restrictive measures against those States that "do not play by American rules."