The US Senate has published a bill on sanctions, which is proposed to be imposed on Russia in the event of the invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine, as well as in the event of a further escalation of the conflict around this country.
Among the proposed measures are a ban on entry into the United States and a freeze of American assets of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Defense Minister of Russia, as well as commanders of various types of troops and others whom the White House considers to be involved in “aggression against Ukraine.”
Within 30 days of the invasion, the US president will be required to impose sanctions against at least three of the largest Russian banks. It is also proposed to impose sanctions against the Russian external debt and against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
In addition, within six months, the Ministry of Finance, the State Department and intelligence will have to publish a detailed report on the property of Vladimir Putin, his relatives and close businessmen. They may also be subject to sanctions.
Also, the United States will have to increase military assistance to Ukraine.
The document was submitted by 26 senators, led by Robert Menendez, head of the international affairs committee. According to The Washington Post, the White House supports the proposed sanctions package.
Western media, citing sources for several months now, have been reporting that Russia is concentrating troops near Ukraine, and suggest that it may be about preparing an invasion. Moscow denies this.
Now in Europe, negotiations are underway on security guarantees between Russia and the West. On January 10, this topic was discussed by the delegations of Russia and the United States; on January 12, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council was held in Brussels. Talks between representatives of Russia and the OSCE are scheduled for January 13 in Vienna. So far, no agreements have been reported.