The U.S. Senate Committee on foreign Affairs approved a bill DASKA with additional sanctions against Russia, known as “sanctions from hell”, reports Bloomberg.

The bill was approved by 17 votes to five, and referred to the Senate in full force.

The bill was drafted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, together with Senator Cory Gardner and supported by Democrats Bob Menendez, Ben Cardin. It was presented to the Committee for the first time on 13 February 2019.

DASKA – Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019″, literally “act on the protection of U.S. security from the aggression of the Kremlin.

Under the bill, the US President must, inter alia, to publicly call “the leadership of Russia to return Crimea under the control of Ukraine, to urge the Russian Federation to stop supporting the forces of violence in the East of Ukraine”, to get Moscow to stop supporting forces that occupied part of the territories of Georgia and Moldova and “to stop letting the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad to commit war crimes”.

Also, the President of the United States “should condemn and resist” the intervention of the Russian side in the work of the American institutions.

The bill also addresses the non-proliferation of chemical weapons. In particular, it prescribes that Washington “to exert pressure on the Russian leadership to cease efforts to weaken the international efforts of the UN and OPCW to investigate the use of chemical weapons”.

The authors propose to extend sanctions CAATSA (Сountering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, “On combating the enemies of America by sanctions”).

In particular, they offer six months after the law came into force to impose sanctions against the Russian “political figures, oligarchs and other individuals” that contribute, directly or indirectly “illegal and corrupt actions” of the Russian authorities.

They also propose to introduce a ban on transactions with the new sovereign debt of the Russian Federation (issued by the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank, Fund of national well-being, any financial institution on behalf of the Russian Federation) a period of more than 14 days. The prohibition must begin 90 days after the entry into force of the law.

The sanctions should be subject to Russian financial institutions, which, according to the President of the United States, one way or another supported the “Russian government’s interference in the democratic process or elections in any country outside the Federation”.

Senators consider it necessary to impose sanctions targeted at investment in Russian LNG projects outside Russia. Fall under the prohibition of investment in such projects costing from $1 million (or $5 million cumulatively over 12 months). Mention of the project “Nord stream 2” in this bill no.

In addition, the authors of the bill included penalties associated with the “support of development of oil resources in Russia”. In particular, it is assumed that citizens and U.S. companies would be prohibited from any participation in oil projects in Russia.

The bill also imposed restrictions stipulating that Washington without the approval of Congress can not spend money from the budget for a US withdrawal from NATO.

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