Photo: Getty Images the Resolution was prepared by a bipartisan group of senators

The resolution urges the US President to impose sanctions against foreign persons involved in violations of religious freedoms in the Crimea and in ORDO.

In the U.S. Senate submitted a resolution that holds Russia responsible for violation of religious freedoms in Russian-annexed Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

It is reported by the Ukrainian Embassy in the USA on Thursday, June 14.

“A bipartisan group of senators headed by the Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission Roger Wicker introduced the draft resolution on the situation in the field of religious freedoms in the OSCE region”, – stated in the message.

The sponsors were senators Shaheen, Lankford, Tillis and Busman. The resolution exhibited in the public domain .

The document notes that given the fact that Russia invaded Ukrainian Crimea and force him occupied, it is obliged in accordance with the requirements of international law, including the Geneva conventions, to protect the religious freedom of the inhabitants of the occupied territory.

It is also noted that during the entire time of the annexation of Crimea Russia is responsible for violations of religious freedom on the Peninsula. We are talking about the kidnapping, detention and imprisonment of the representatives of certain religious groups, including Muslims from among the Crimean Tatars, as well as the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Protestant Christians.

Separately, the draft resolution stated the same about the responsibility of Russia for the observance of religious freedoms in some areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

“The document urges the US President to impose sanctions in the form of denial of U.S. entry visas and the freezing of property in relation to foreign persons who directly or indirectly involved in serious violations of religious freedom, in particular in the temporarily occupied territories of Russia in Ukraine”, – noted in the Embassy.

Earlier this week the United States expanded sanctions against Russia, adding in lists of three more Russian citizens and five companies. American authorities believe that these firms are associated with FSB.

The Kremlin said that the business circles of Western countries are not enthusiastic about sanctions. “Economic interests will sooner or later prevail over political pressure,” – said press Secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov.

He also believes that the real blocd against Russia impossible, since it is a “strategic state”.

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