U.S. Senate to consider new package of anti-Russian sanctions

21:54, 10 January 2017

The U.S. Senate will consider the wide range of sanctions against Russia over the cyber attacks during the 2016 presidential elections. Senators John McCain, Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez are to present the draft document.

As it was reported earlier, the U.S. special services published the report saying high ranking Russian officials ordered a campaign to try to sway the 2016 presidential election in favour of now president-elect Donald Trump. The congressmen plan to initiate an independent committee to investigate the hackers’ attacks.

Meanwhile the US Treasury added new names to the sanctions list. Aleksandr Bastrykin, the Head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Andrey Luhovoy, the Deputy of the Russian Duma and businessman Dmitry Kovtun were included to the sanction list due to their alleged involvement into the murder of Aleksandr Litvinenko, former Russian intelligence officer and Kremlin’s critic.