A bipartisan group of US Senators, sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, has introduced a Bill to the Senate entitled Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019 in response to the Russian “attempted annexation of Crimea,” and interference in “institutions and democratic processes”. The Bill aims to strengthen the US’ alliance with NATO, to combat international cybercrime, to impose additional sanctions on Russia and coordinate some restrictive measures with the EU.
Specifically, the Bill proposes additional sanctions on the Russian oil, gas and shipbuilding sectors and would target “political figures, oligarchs, and other persons that facilitate illicit and corrupt activities”. The previous draft of this bill, introduced in August 2018, failed to pass. See previous blog. Now, it seems there is strong Congressional support for the new Bill, given recent US foreign policy towards Russia, including an apparent lack of response to cyber-attacks targeted on US infrastructure and tension in the Kerch Strait. See Press Release.
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