‘We always stick to the policy of the sequences. The sanctions are the last frontier when it is impossible to agree. But you know how complicatedly this consensus appeared. I hope that we will be sequential and when there are the sanctions from the American side we will try to coordinate our steps. I think that it will further the decisions that we are going to make between ourselves and the EU. I think that we would discuss the alternatives if we had some. However, we have only the sanctions. We should act sequent. If we do not strengthen then we should keep the existing sanctions’, Linkevicius claimed.
The US Senate approved the decree of the Opposition against Russian Influence on Europe and Eurasia from 2017 on June 14. This decree expands the sanctions against Russia due to the range of the crimes, including the invasion of the Ukrainian territory integrity, aggression in Syria and intervention into US election.
The documents strengthen the existing sanctions by law. The sanctions confirmed by the US Congress and set in law are tougher and it is very difficult to lift them in comparison with the sanctions approved by the president of the country. Also, the decree provides the Congress the right to block all attempts of Donald Trump, the President of the USA to lift or weaken the existing restrictions.
The new amendments were approved by two parties of the Senate. It is expected that they will easily pass the voting in the House of the Representatives and that Trump should sign them.