WASHINGTON (QHA) -

The US Congress published the text of the draft law on new sanctions against Russia, which, in particular, outlines the policy regarding the annexed Crimea.

Bill S. 3336, "To strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to combat international cybercrime, and to impose additional sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation, and for other purposes," is published on the Congress website.

The bill contains an appeal to the US president to publicly urge the RF to return the Crimea under the control of the government of Ukraine, to stop supporting separatists in the east of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

The document notes that the United States policy on the Crimea is as follows:

(1) the United States will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, similar to the 1940 Welles Declaration in which the United States refused to recognized the Soviet annexation of the Baltic States;

(2) Crimea is part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine;

(3) Crimea is part of Ukraine and the United States rejects attempts to change the status, demographics, or political nature of Crimea;

(4) the United States reaffirms its unwavering support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law for all individuals in Crimea, including non-Russian ethnic groups and religious minorities;

(5) the United States condemns all human rights violations against individuals in Crimea, and underscores the culpability of the Government of the Russian Federation for such violations while the territory of Crimea is under illegal Russian occupation;

(6) the United States, in coordination with the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and members of the international community, should prioritize efforts to prevent the further consolidation of illegal occupying powers in Crimea, reaffirm unified opposition to the actions of the Russian Federation in Crimea, and secure the human rights of individuals there; and

(7) the United States welcomes the sanctions that have been imposed and maintained as of the date of the enactment of this Act by the United States and the European Union against persons engaged in furthering the illegal occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

It should be noted that the bill also provides for a ban on dollar payments for Russian state-owned banks.
Thus, if the relevant law is passed, US residents will be prohibited from participating in operations with the new state debt of the Russian Federation, issued 180 days after the law comes into force. The ban will apply to all government bonds, as well as derivative financial instruments with a circulation period of more than 14 days.

Senators propose the introduction of a ban on operations and freeze property of "one or more financial institutions" in the US, in particular, Russian banks "VEB", "Sberbank", "VTB", "Gazprombank", "Rosselkhozbank", "Promsvyazbank", and "Bank of Moscow".

Earlier, the Chairman of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations Bob Corker said that the US could introduce new sanctions against Russia before the congressional elections in the US in November. Corker noted that the congressmen will impose sanctions against the Russian Federation at the planned hearings.

Source: congress.gov

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