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US prepares sanctions bill against Putin

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new law would impose broad sanctions against high-ranking Russian military and government officials, including Putin
16:51, 12 January 2022

The U.S. Senate website

Democrats in the US Senate have prepared a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation in case of an invasion of Ukraine as The Washington Post reported.

“Senior Democratic senators on Wednesday will unveil a fresh package of sanctions to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin if he invades Ukraine,” the message says.

It is noted that the new law would impose broad sanctions on senior Russian military and government officials, including Putin and other leaders, as well as key banking institutions, if Moscow takes military action against Ukraine. It would also target companies in Russia that offer secure messaging systems such as SWIFT, which banks use to exchange key information with other financial institutions.

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The bill also calls for all available and appropriate measures to ensure that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline cannot start up.

According to the publication, the White House supported the bill proposed by the Democrats on these sanctions.

As we reported, the US has made a deal with the EU to punish Russia for possible aggression against Ukraine.

Related: US, Ukraine top diplomats negotiate prior to Russia-NATO talks

Earlier, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that its attack on Ukraine would come at a high price called for a return to a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Russia suggested ways for NATO countries to defuse tensions in Europe, which have arisen, among other things, because of Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Washington to join Russia's unilateral moratorium on the deployment of land-based RIACs in Europe and to agree on and introduce the necessary measures to verify compliance with mutual obligations.

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In addition, Russia released a list of security proposals that it wished to discuss with Western countries. These included a promise to NATO to abandon all military activity in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

Soon, State Department Spokesman Ned Price stated that in response to Russian demands for NATO, the United States of America and European allies will prepare their list of concerns.

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