US will not impose sanctions on Russia for collusion with Taliban and interference in elections – media
The US defense budget for fiscal 2021 does not provide for sanctions against the Russian Federation for the alleged payment to the Taliban for the murder of American soldiers in Afghanistan , as well as interference in the elections.
This is reported by the Russian edition of RBC with reference to its own source in the US Congress .
In particular, we are talking about an amendment proposed by a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Democrat Robert Menendez, who proposed to introduce personal sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other top officials, if the Russian Federation’s collusion with the Taliban, about which earlier reported by the New York Times, will be proven.
The announcement published by Menendez’s press office following a vote on the Pentagon’s military budget for 2021 does not include this amendment, and Afghanistan is mentioned only once – in a proposal to “ensure congressional oversight of the United States’s negotiations with the Taliban and a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan. “.
The second amendment, proposed by Senators Mark Rubio and Chris Van Hollen and suggesting sanctions for meddling in the US elections, also did not make it into the final version of the document, the newspaper writes.
If it was supported in the US defense budget for 2021 would include measures regulated by the draft law on curbing foreign intervention in US elections ( DETER Act): in particular, a ban on investment in the energy sector of the Russian Federation, as well as for the purchase of Russian government debt …
In addition, according to RBK, there will be no sanctions against Turkey for purchasing C-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from the Russians.
We will remind, at the end of June, the influential American newspaper The New York Times reported that Russian intelligence secretly offered Taliban militants money for the murder of the American military in Afghanistan.
According to journalists, the data was obtained during the interrogation of captured militants in Afghanistan and handed over to the US President in early 2020.
Following NY, sources for AP, The Times and The Washington Post confirmed this information. According to them, Russian spies have already paid a reward to the militants for the killings of American soldiers.
The document provides for the imposition of sanctions against foreign persons and companies that facilitate the lease, sale and provision of vessels engaged in the construction of gas pipelines.
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