US ex-officials call to strengthen sanctions against Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Former Ambassador of the USA to Ukraine Stephen Pifer suggested extending sanctions on the relatives of Russian oligarchs associated with the Kremlin
08:41, 18 May 2017

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Former officials of the US Department of State and Defense Ministry during the session of the US Helsinki Commission called to impose new sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine and on the territory of other countries. This was reported by Radio Svoboda.

Michael Carpenter, who until January was the Pentagon's top official in Russia's affairs, said that Washington should permanently deploy a tank brigade in the Baltic States and limit some Russian reconnaissance flights over the United States under the Open Skies Treaty of 2002.

"If we do not restrain Russian aggression with decisive measures now, later we will have to deal with a more crises and conflicts and spend billions of dollars more to protect our European allies, and perhaps we’ll see how our vision of an integral and free Europe will be undermined," he said at the hearing.

Ex- director of arms control, Stephen Rademaker suggested that the United States, in response to Russia's violation of the treaty on the elimination of medium and short-range missiles, should return such cruise missiles to Europe (Russia denies the violation of this treaty and, on the contrary, accuses the USA of violating it ), the report says.

Related: Tillerson: Anti-Russian sanctions will act until Russia returns Crimea, fully implements Minsk agreements

Stephen Pifer, Former Ambassador of the USA to Ukraine said that the list of people under sanctions should be extended to relatives of Kremlin-related oligarchs and influential Russian officials so that, for example, their "children could not study in US colleges and universities, and their wives cannot go shopping to London."

The Helsinki Commission of the United States held hearings concerning the growing Russian military threat in Europe on Wednesday.

Earlier it was reported that Poroshenko asked EU to extend sanctions against Russia by one year. The President of Ukraine assured that Ukraine will do everything to motivate Russia to join the meeting table, fulfill the Minsk Agreement, withdraw troops from the Ukrainian territory and stop the aggression.

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