House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce submitted an amendment to the annual defense policy bill for 2018 concerning introducing new sanctions against Russia for violating The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, according to The Hill.
“Royce submitted an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that is expected to hit the House floor next week,” the media says.
According to them, the congressman’s proposal “would authorize sanctions on individuals who help Russia develop major weapons systems, as well as state sponsors of terrorism that buy such weapons.”
Ed Royce believes that “for years now, Vladimir Putin has blatantly disregarded Russia’s obligations under the landmark INF Treaty,” Royce said in a statement. “And it’s just one more example of Russian aggression that undermines global stability.”
It’s also pointed out that if Russia violates the Treaty within 15 months of the bill's enactment, the U.S. "would no longer be legally bound by the treaty as a matter of domestic law."
As we reported earlier, EU prolonged economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2018.
Russia, in its turn, extended sanctions against EU, Ukraine until late 2018.