US senators promised to expand anti-Russian sanctions in 2017

US senators promised to expand anti-Russian sanctions in 2017

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In the new year, the US Congress intends to adopt a new anti-Russian sanctions, said Senator Lindsey Graham. He expressed the hope that the initiative of the lawmakers will support the President-elect

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who visited on the eve of Kiev, said in an interview with “Radio Liberty” that in 2017, U.S. lawmakers are going to adopt new sanctions against Russia.

“Next year we are going to introduce new sanctions in addition to those that already exist, which would affect the energy and banking sectors of Russia and which would affect not only the FSB or the GRU, but in the [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, his inner circle,” said Graham.

In his opinion, “the only way to get Russia to change it’s economy to Putin and Putin himself has paid the price for Russia’s actions a great price.” “So we can expect in early 2017, the Congress, with the support of both parties will try to pass new sanctions that will affect critical components of the Russian economy”, — said the Republican.

He also expressed hope that US President-elect Donald trump, who takes office January 20, will sign the relevant law.
Republican Senator John McCain, who visited Kiev as part of the U.S. delegation, along with Graham, also did not rule out strengthening of anti-Russian sanctions due to cyber attacks during the elections, in which the United States blamed Moscow.

“I am confident that Congress will approve new sanctions. Don’t know whether the sign of their [elected] President of the trump. But if two-thirds of us will vote for it, they will become law,” said McCain.

Thursday, December 29, President Barack Obama signed a new package of anti-Russian sanctions. At this time, the restrictive measures against Moscow in Washington tied to alleged interference in the American election campaign. The sanctions have affected the Federal security service (FSB), the Main Directorate of the General staff (GS GU), as well as three companies, which according to the United States “provide material support cyberdactyl GU GSH”. In addition, under the sanctions were four officers of the General staff of GU and the two hackers.

At the same time, Washington was not limited to, declaring non grata 35 Russian diplomats and by ordering them to leave the country. In addition, the American authorities decided to close two Russian Embassy in the States of new York and Maryland. Sunday, January 1, expelled diplomats went to Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in turn said that Moscow will take retaliatory action and “create problems for American diplomats”. Although previously the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has offered in response to Washington’s actions to expel 31 employee of the U.S. Embassy and four employees of the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.

The US President-elect Donald trump welcomed Putin’s decision, noting that “I always knew that he is very sensible”. Later, the Republican also questioned the very fact of Russian involvement in cyber-attacks against targets in the United States, the charge which was the reason for the extension of sanctions.