WASHINGTON, June 22. /TASS/. A group of 23 congressmen-Democrats on Thursday introduced house of representatives of the United States Congress a bill under which the Minister of defence will have to develop a strategy towards Russia, and the President to submit a plan for the introduction of new sanctions for alleged violations of the Moscow Agreement on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles (INF Treaty). This was reported on the website of the house Committee on armed services.
The initiator of introduction and the main author of the text was made by a senior Committee Democrat Adam Smith. According to the explanatory materials, the bill requires “the Secretary of defense to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for Russia that will allow to coordinate efforts of the U.S. and allies aimed to deter and, if necessary, to respond to the Russian aggression .” In addition, the Pentagon will have to develop plans to counter Russian military equipment, including “unmanned systems, electronic warfare and precision weapons, long-range”.
All sanctions of the West against Russia
In addition, no later than 1 April 2018 US President will be obliged to submit to the committees on armed services of both houses of Congress “a plan to impose sanctions” in connection with violations of the INF Treaty by Russia. These restrictions should include a ban on contracts between the governments of the two countries and the freezing of financial transactions.
Smith also encourages to counter “Russian propaganda” by increasing funding for NATO, and actively connecting the newly established state Department of the world center for cooperation. In its tasks, in particular, is to support “independent media” in Europe.
First U.S. accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty in July 2014. Then Washington has repeatedly said the withdrawal, which Moscow has expressed disagreement. Russia puts U.S. counter-claim for the implementation of the INF Treaty. As for the bill, among its authors exclusively Democrats, whereas a majority of seats in the House of representatives is Republicans. Without their support, this initiative is unlikely to be considered.