Washington - US senators Lindsey Graham (Republican, South Carolina), Bob Menendez (Democrat, New Jersey.), Corey Gardner (Republican, Colorado), Ben Cardin (Democrat, Maryland), John McCain (Republican, State Arizona) and Jane Shahin (Democrat, New Hampshire) presented the 2018 Act "On the Protection of American Security from the Kremlin Aggression" - a comprehensive bill that will strengthen economic, political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's continuing interference in ashi elections pernicious influence in Syria, aggression in the Crimea and other activities.
"The current sanctions regime could not keep Russia from interfering in the forthcoming mid-term elections in 2018," Senator Graham said. "Our goal is to change the status quo and introduce crushing sanctions and other measures against Putin's Russia until he stops and stops interfering in the election process in the US, does not stop cyber attacks on US infrastructure, does not remove Russia from Ukraine and will not turn off efforts to create chaos in Syria. The sanctions and other measures contained in this bill are the heaviest ever introduced - and this is a direct result of Putin's continuing desire to undermine American democracy. I firmly believe that Daniel Coates' assessment - that the warning lights are blinking red when it comes to Russian intervention in the election of the 2018 year - is accurate. These sanctions and other measures are aimed at reacting in the most decisive way. "
"Vladimir Putin continues to pose an increasing threat to our country and allies. Although last year the Congress adopted an overwhelming majority of resolute countermeasures, unfortunately, the Administration does not fully comply with this legislation. This bill is the next step in tightening the nuts against the Kremlin and will bring with it a complete condemnation by the US Congress that Putin will finally understand that the US will no longer tolerate his behavior, "Senator Menendez said. - The Kremlin continues to attack our democracy, support a war criminal in Syria and violate the sovereignty of Ukraine. With the adoption of this law, the Congress will once again take measures to establish a clear US policy to bring Russia to justice with one clear message: the Kremlin aggression will have consequences that will shake the Putin regime to its foundations. "
"The United States must continue to take decisive action against Russia Vladimir Putin for its violations of international law on a global scale and repeated attempts to undermine the democratic institutions of the United States," Senator Gardner said. "I fully support this bipartisan initiative, which introduces further economic sanctions against the Kremlin, and also includes the formulation of my authorship, which requires the State Department to determine whether Russia deserves to be called a sponsoring state of terror, along with the Kremlin allies - Iran and Syria, who already so are designated. If Russia does not fundamentally change its behavior, we should not repeat the mistakes of previous administrations in trying to normalize relations with a nation that continues to pose a serious threat to the US and our allies. "
"Congress must once again strengthen America's resolve to confront Vladimir Putin's model of destroying democratic institutions and values around the world, a direct and growing threat to US national security," said Sen. Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, as well as one of the co-authors and leading participants (CAATSA) - It is important to note that a number of recommendations from the report on Russian intervention, which I ordered six months ago "I am happy to work with my colleagues from both parties to develop CAATSA and even better protect ourselves and our allies from the Kremlin that shows no sign of compliance with international norms or respect for them."
"For almost two years, the highest leaders of the special services of our country have repeatedly warned that the Kremlin continues to make attempts to take our elections into focus and wreak havoc among our citizens," said Senator McCain. "As long as Putin does not pay a serious price for his actions, the number of these attacks on our democracy will only grow. This bill is based on the strongest sanctions ever imposed on the regime of Putin for the attacks of democratic institutions, the violation of international treaties and the blockade of open societies through cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns. Moreover, this legislation would modernize our diplomatic tools and strengthen our critical infrastructure to better contain and protect against Putin's aggression. We must confront this challenge - not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Because, ultimately, Putin's real goal is to weaken all of us: our country, our freedom and everything that America stands for. "
"We must go hand in hand with our allies against the Kremlin's hybrid attacks on the US and democratic countries around the world," Senator Shahin said. - This bill, sponsored by representatives of both parties, sends a powerful signal of intimidation and unity against the Kremlin, while closing the security gaps that leave our country and its citizens vulnerable. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate in promoting this bill and strengthening our protection against harmful foreign influence. "
Key provisions of the bill include: