US senator introduces anti-Putin sanctions bill bypassing Biden

The second bill on sanctions against top Russian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin, has already been submitted to the US Senate. Unlike the first one, this one provides for the exclusion of Joe Biden from the decision-making process ” alt=”U.S. senator introduced bill on sanctions against Putin, bypassing Biden” />

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to impose personal sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the country in the event of “further invasion Russian troops to Ukraine. A message about this was published on the senator's website.

The project involves the imposition of sanctions not only against individuals, but also against entire sectors of the Russian economy.

The message emphasizes that it is “critical” that the decision on sanctions does not depend on US President Joe Biden, since he will not decide what constitutes an “invasion”; Russia to Ukraine.

“The basis of any strategy aimed at forcing Vladimir Putin to back down, — is to make the consequences of the “invasion” extremely painful for the oligarchs who maintain his control over Russia, — Rubio thinks. “President Biden does not seem to understand that America should demonstrate strength and determination, not weakness. I urge my Senate colleagues to work with me to pass this bill before it's too late. urged the senator.

The document provides for sanctions against Russian companies operating in the energy, financial, mining and aerospace sectors, as well as the disconnection of Russian banks from the SWIFT system.

In 2019, Rubio was already introducing the bipartisan Electoral Threat Protection by Establishing Restrictions Act, which would impose sanctions on high-ranking Russian officials and large sectors of the Russian economy if Russia interfered in US elections.

Rubio is a Republican and is vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Earlier, the Senate published a bill prepared by the Democrats, also related to the situation around Ukraine. Among high-ranking officials, in particular, President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu may be subject to restrictions. There are 12 positions on the list in total.

Russia to impose sanctions on Ukraine against at least three organizations from the following list: Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, VEB, RDIF, MKB, Alfa-Bank, Rosselkhozbank, Otkritie, Promsvyazbank, Sovcombank, Transcapitalbank.

The topic of a possible “invasion” Russia has been actively rising to Ukraine from the American side since October 2021, even the alleged dates of the “invasion” were called several times. Contradictory statements were made on this subject from the Ukrainian side, high-ranking Ukrainian officials repeatedly stated that they did not see a threat.

On December 15, 2021, Secretary of the Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov said that so far there are no signs that the “invasion” inevitably. On December 30, he again stated that there was no threat. “If we talk about a significant buildup [of Russian troops] that some foreign media insist on, then I will say again that we do not see this. To date, we do not see any threats to open aggression from Russia,»,— stressed the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.

The Kremlin has repeatedly stated that no “invasion” he is not going to take on Ukraine and called information about this an element of the information war.

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