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U.S. House Speaker calls for sanctions against Russia's intelligence, defense sectors

Source : 112 Ukraine

These appeals arise from the recent reports on Russia's effort to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
16:33, 3 July 2020

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Reuters

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expects the sanctions against the Russian Federation to include the country’s intelligence and defense sectors, Reuters reports.

When Congress in a bipartisan way passed sanctions on Russia, the administration told us to take out the sanctions on the GRU - the intelligence, as well as the defense, sectors of Russia. Those should definitely still be there. They were there in a bipartisan way. It is just administration wanted them out. I do not know why. So we should have those in there,” she stated.

As of now, according to the White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, the information on the issue has not yet been confirmed.

Related: US intel shows disbelief to report on Russia's ties with Taliban in Afghanistan

The President was never briefed on this, this intelligence still has not been verified, and there is no consensus among the intelligence community,” she stated.

As we reported earlier, the U.S. government has intercepted data about Russian GRU (military intelligence, - 112 International) wiring money to accounts related to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.

Related: How revelations of Russian bounties in Afghanistan could escalate the US-Russia feud

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