The Republican study Committee (Republican Study, the largest Association within the faction of Republicans in the U.S. house of representatives) has submitted a report with proposals for additional sanctions against Russia.
The Republicans offered to recognize Russia as “state sponsor of terrorism for its support of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, Hezbollah, the Taliban and the “Russian Imperial movement”. In the US they are recognized as terrorist groups. Republicans point out that the recognition of a state sponsor of terrorism entails a number of restrictions, including a ban on economic activities. They argue that as a first step, Congress should pass a bill that requires the Secretary of state to consider the question of whether Russia is a country sponsor of terrorism (Stopping Malign Activities from Russian Terrorism Act).
A large part of the restrictions described in the new report, Republicans, in may 2019, outlined the representatives of the Committee on financial services of the house of representatives of the United States. Then they presented for public comment a draft of the consolidated bill under the new restrictions for Russia.
The current report Republicans as last year’s document offers to impose sanctions against companies that support oil and gas projects of the country, restrictions on the ransom of Russian sovereign debt by foreign investors, as well as sanctions in the framework of the draft law “On the protection of U.S. security from the aggression of the Kremlin” (DASKAA).
In addition to the sanctions SDN list must be paid by Vnesheconombank (VEB). The Committee on financial services of the house of representatives proposed to include one or more financial institutions. In addition to VEB in last year’s document appeared Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Rosselkhozbank, Promsvyazbank. In addition, Russia should be excluded from the international payment system SWIFT, according to representatives of the US government.
The report notes that sanctions against Russia should be extended to “leaders its campaign of disinformation”. As an example, the Republicans propose to introduce restrictions for the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AFK “Sistema” Vladimir Yevtushenkov, the former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili, “a close ally” of President Vladimir Putin and the “Pro-Russian oligarch”, the leader of Ukrainian party “the Opposition platform For life” Viktor Medvedchuk.
In addition, Republicans believe that Congress should authorize the U.S. Department of state “to organize the transfer of information to the Russians directly.” The report States that the Obama administration “reluctant to challenge Moscow, providing news and information to Russian citizens directly”. Republicans believe that Obama is feared that communication with the Russians directly would be considered “escalation of the conflict that should be avoided”.
In total in a 120-page report contains more than 130 solutions “to counteract the most aggressive global adversaries of America”, including “among the most stringent ever proposed” sanctions against Russia, China and Iran, noted on the website of the Republican study Committee.
The document States that over the eight years administration of former us President Barack Obama his “failed policies” had strengthened “the greatest enemies” of the US. The activities of Russia and China at this time “was left without control.” The first country and the second in particular “sought to undermine U.S. leadership on the world stage”. Iran, in turn, “continues to develop nuclear weapons, seeking to destroy Israel and acts as the generous sponsor of terrorism in the world.” These growing threats, the report said, demand from Congress making laws, “to promote U.S. interests domestically and abroad”.