US senators have decided to recognize Russia as a sponsor of terrorism :: Policy :: RBC

Became aware of the contents of the bill on new sanctions against Russia, introduced in the U.S. Congress. There, in particular, the need to find assets of Vladimir Putin and recognize Moscow a “sponsor of terrorism”

The building of the Capitol in Washington, the seat of the Senate of the United States

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“Act on the protection of U.S. security from the aggression of the Kremlin in 2018” (DASKAA), who last week introduced in the Senate by senators Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Cory Gardner and Ben Cardin, proposes to bring into a single database all existing sanctions against Russia — from CAATSA to the “Magnitsky act”. It also provides for the creation of the White house’s sanctions office, which will coordinate the actions of the US anti-Russian sanctions with European countries. The text of the bill read “Kommersant”. He also is at the disposal of RBC.

The authors begin with an appeal to President Donald Trump. They talk about the need to support all the efforts on counter-intervention “from the government of Russia or other foreign players in the activities of the U.S. government and in democratic processes in the country.” Require senators to publicly call on the Russian authorities to return Crimea to Ukraine and to abandon support for violence in Eastern Ukraine, supporting separatists in Georgia and Moldova, as well as the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Senators in the U.S. introduced a new package of anti-Russian sanctions


In addition to creating sanctions coordination office with the European Union, the bill proposes to set up another structure — national joint center to respond to hybrid threats. His tasks will include the fight against the insidious attempts of Russia’s influence in the world and in USA. In 2020 the authors of the bill propose to States vulnerable to Russian influence, access to the budget Fund in the amount of U.S. $250 million.

In addition to the sanctions in a 100-page document of senators from the Democratic and Republican parties also referred to the need to make a more predictable policy of Washington and to protect her from the realization of some ideas of the President of the trump. Thus, it is proposed to impose a ban on the financing of measures aimed at supporting the attempts of any of the US representatives to lead the country out of NATO. It is argued that trump has repeatedly criticized NATO.

Also trump, in the case of the bill, will force more efficiently to perform the act CAATSA. In particular, in the framework of this sanctions package offers to renew the so-called Kremlin a list and start looking around the world assets and money of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the economic part of the bill again raises the question of the opposition of Russia. Noted the proposal to impose a ban on operations in the United States (and the freezing of assets) of the seven Russian banking structures that are already under sanctions. Among them — Sberbank, VTB, VEB and PSB. The bill also prohibits the operation with the Russian public debt with a maturity of more than two weeks, but only with new releases. Monitoring violations of sanctions proposed to be extended to the activities of insurance companies.

In the framework of the fight against cybercrime lawmakers recommended the creation of the Department of state’s office on issues of cyberspace and the digital economy, which will lead the people to the rank of Ambassador.

Another Chapter of the document submitted to the Senate, touches on the theme of non-proliferation of chemical weapons. Her legislators propose to put pressure on Russian government in order to stop attempts to interfere in the actions of the UN and the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. States that “production and use of chemical weapons” Russia needs to punished and keep. In this context, referred to the poisoning of ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia, who in early March was found unconscious in critical condition in the British city of Salisbury. According to the London, in their blood found fighting nervously-paralytic substance “Beginner”, which was produced in Russia. Moscow involvement in the incident denied.

Analysts have called the main threat of new US sanctions against Russia


The day before, on 7 August, the RBC was a review of Barclays, which States that the main threat of new US sanctions against Russia is to block the operations of state-owned banks and a ban on transactions with them American institutions. Apart from the above banks under the ban can get Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank. According to analysts, the brunt of the sanctions against the Russian state debt will take on the ruble and Federal loan bonds. At the same time, investors in Russian Eurobonds will feel more comfortable. Barclays has assured that Russia will be able to confidently service its foreign currency debt.

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