U.S. Sanctions Bill Halting Russia’s Malicious Cyber Activity to be Debated in Senate Committee

Imposes sanctions on Russian individuals and entities that support or facilitate Russia’s unfriendly cyber activities and interference in democratic processes in other countries

The Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate will debate the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA), which imposes “crushing sanctions” against Russia as described by its introducer, senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), online outlet Radio Liberty reported.

According to the bill summary, it imposes limits on any U.S. withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), amends provisions related to cybercrimes, and imposes sanctions on Russian individuals involved in various activities. Specifically, the US President shall impose sanctions on individuals and entities that support or facilitate Russian malicious cyber activities and Russian interference in democratic processes in other countries.

“The legislation targets Russian sovereign debt, banks that support the Kremlin’s efforts to “undermine democratic institutions in other countries,” Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in other countries, the nation’s cyber sector as well as figures close to Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the Radio Liberty article author states.

The law also establishes the cybersecurity-watching body within the Department of State. The new office would “lead diplomatic efforts relating to international cybersecurity, Internet access, Internet freedom, the digital economy, cybercrime, deterrence, and responses to cyber threats,” according to a statement earlier this year by Senator Bob Menendez (Democrat-New Jersey), a co-sponsor of the bill.

As reported earlier, the US Congress amended the national defense budget (NDAA) imposing sanctions against the company laying pipe of Nord-Stream 2 to transit gas from Russia to Germany. NDAA stays to be signed by US President Donald Trump, while DASKA still needs approval by Senate and House.

(c) UATV

7 comments

  • “The Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate will debate the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA), which imposes “crushing sanctions” against Russia as described by its introducer, senator Lindsey Graham”

    Is the US now turning into an EU hot air society, what is there to debate? Roll out the sanctions and screw Russia into the ground.

    Liked by 5 people

  • англійський масон

    There is a need to debate this subject???????????????

    Liked by 6 people

  • What the hell is there to debate about? Initiate sanctions now and make them harsh! Mafia land understands no other language!

    Liked by 5 people

  • Even if DASKA is passed by the committee, the legislation must still pass the full Senate and House of Representatives before it can be sent to Trump to sign into law or veto.
    Trump, who has expressed a desire to build closer relations with Russia, has been reluctant to sign more legislation imposing sanctions on the country. The U.S. president last week met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss bilateral relations.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who held a joint press conference with Lavrov prior to his meeting with Trump, said he hoped to soon announce “significant progress” on economic relations with Moscow.

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