Neocon US senators push sanctions bill ‘from hell’ against Russia
A US bill was introduced in the Senate on Thursday, widely described as a new set of "crushing" sanctions against Russia. The proposed legislation includes a State Department assessment aimed at designating Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism".
Published: August 3, 2018, 9:16 am
The US should “impose crushing sanctions and other measures against Putin’s Russia until he ceases and desists meddling in the US electoral process, halts cyber-attacks on US infrastructure, removes Russia from Ukraine, and ceases efforts to create chaos in Syria,” according a statement issued by Graham.
But the “chaos” in Syria has been significantly reduced with Russian support: The Syrian Arab Army campaign in southwest Syria has been advancing steadily with large areas held by “rebels” and ISIS just six weeks ago, now liberated. Talks of the return of Syrian refugees have also been initiated with the German and French governments.
The extreme new restrictions target energy ventures, oil projects, uranium imports and sovereign debt transactions. Several Russian political figures and oligarchs are also in the cross hairs of the American military hawks.
Graham said earlier the bill would include everything but “the kitchen sink”. It also expresses particularly strong support for NATO since two-thirds of the Senate would be required to vote in favor of any move to leave the alliance.
Known as the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018, it will impose new sanctions on “political figures, oligarchs, and family members”. The bill has been called the “next step in tightening the screws on the Kremlin” so Putin understands “that the US will not tolerate his behavior any longer”.
Senator John McCain said in his statement: “Until Putin pays a serious price for his actions, these attacks on our democracy will only grow. This bill would build on the strongest sanctions ever imposed on the Putin regime for its assault on democratic institutions, violation of international treaties, and siege on open societies through cyberattacks and misinformation campaigns.”
According to Reuters, the US Banking and Foreign Relations Committees are planning hearings in advance of legislation being introduced. “Vladimir Putin continues to pose a growing threat to our country and allies,” a Democratic senator claimed in a statement.
NATO however depends on Russian energy to run its military bases in Europe. Data from the Defense Logistics Agency show that about 40 percent of the oil used in military installations in Germany comes from Russia.
Constance Douris, vice president of the Lexington Institute explained that US bases needed energy supplies to ensure uncompromised power generation. Therefore, backup solutions for US military bases are imperative in the face of Russia’s growing energy supply to Europe, she argued.
Russian gas giant Gazprom, has increased its exports to Europe with gas sales exceeding 100 bcm for the first time – at 101.2 bcm, this year.
In mid-July, US Senator John Barrasso introduced legislation “to give NATO members an escape from coercion and political manipulation of Russia”. Last week, another group of bipartisan senators urged the US Department of Defense to buy less energy from Russia.
The Energy Security Cooperation Act with Associated Partners in Europe, or the ESCAPE Act, authorizes mandatory US sanctions on the development of Russian pipeline projects, such as Nord Stream 2.
“US military bases in Europe currently use significant amounts of Russian energy, making them vulnerable to intentional supply disruptions by the Russian government. Trust also reduces US efforts to reassure allies and deter Russian aggression in Europe,” the senators complained.
But the Treasury Department has warned Congress against this kind of extreme legislation that would end up blocking transactions and financing for Russian sovereign debt.
Another warning against the new sanctions was issued by American academic Noam Chomsky. He called the claims of Russian interference in US elections “almost a joke” when contrasted with Israeli interference in America’s elections.
Chomsky told Democracy Now on Friday: “So, take, say, the huge issue of interference in our pristine elections. Did the Russians interfere in our elections? An issue of overwhelming concern in the media. I mean, in most of the world, that’s almost a joke.”
Chomsky added: “First of all, if you’re interested in foreign interference in our elections, whatever the Russians may have done barely counts or weighs in the balance as compared with what another state does, openly, brazenly and with enormous support. Israeli intervention in US elections vastly overwhelms anything the Russians may have done, I mean, even to the point where the prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu, goes directly to Congress, without even informing the president, and speaks to Congress, with overwhelming applause, to try to undermine the president’s policies — what happened with Obama and Netanyahu in 2015.
“Did Putin come to give an address to the joint sessions of Congress trying to—calling on them to reverse US policy, without even informing the president?”
“And that’s just a tiny bit of this overwhelming influence,” Chomsky noted. “So if you happen to be interested in influence… foreign influence on elections, there are places to look.”
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
ToursThe LGBT demonstration scheduled for Tours on May 15 will not welcome white people in the procession. A desire for exclusion was announced by the organizers. The Green mayor, Emmanuel Denis, called this choice "inclusive" and "open".
AthensGreece has introduced a controversial method to counter and deter large numbers of illegal migrants trying to reach Europe, according to an organization working to increase mass immigration. With the help of masked commandos, the illegal migrants are towed back to Turkey and left there.
Thrombosis, cerebral haemorrhage, heart attacks, facial paralysis and more: the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) in Germany has reported almost 5000 suspected serious side effects and 524 deaths after Covid-19 vaccinations. However, the unknown long-term consequences may be much more dangerous than we think.
Some days ago, German soccer team FC Nürnberg refused to hire Maximilian Knauer as the coach of its U17s because he is said to have placed smileys in the wrong place on WhatsApp. Now the Former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been dismissed from the supervisory board of Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin because the German goalkeeper legend smiled virtually.
BudapestAt the end of April, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that there were now more vaccines available than people wanting them. Hungary is the only such state in Europe.
ParisA former student, of Pakistani origin, had fatally stabbed this teacher in front of the Leonardo da Vinci university in the suburbs of the city of Paris in December 2018.
BaselThe city of Basel offers a travel voucher to beggars who, in exchange, undertake not to return to the city for at least a certain period of time under penalty of permanent expulsion from the country.
RambouilletIn the wake of the murder of Samuel Paty, the Tunisian jihadist involved in the Rambouillet beheading wrote on Facebook: “O Muslims, now we will respond to the insults from France.” Two months later, he obtained his residence permit.
SheffieldSir Isaac Newton's historical legacy amounts to “colonial-era activity” and must be scrapped to “decolonise” the engineering curriculum at Sheffield University in the UK.
KasselWith its special edition “Antifa - The underground leftist power”, COMPACT, a conservative German magazine has stirred up a hornets' nest. A left-wing politician even wants to have journalistic research banned.