US Senate Intends New Illegal Sanctions on Russia
by Stephen Lendman
No nations may impose sanctions on others unilaterally or together with allies. Security Council members alone may do it.
Washington consistently breaches international, constitutional and US statute laws, operating by its own rules, the common thread defining all rogue states.
In late May, bipartisan Banking Committee members announced their intention to strengthen US sanctions on Russia for its (legal) actions in Ukraine and Syria, as well as nonexistent interference in last year’s presidential election.
Chairman Mike Crapo (R. ID) and Sherrod Brown (D. OH) said their measure will authorize “broad” news sanctions targeting Russia’s economy, including its mining, metals and railway sectors.
It’ll strengthen sanctions affecting Russian energy projects and debt financing. A committee statement lied, saying:
“Despite existing sanctions, Russia remains a hostile, recalcitrant power, deploying its military, cyber-enabled information espionage activities, and economic tactics to harm the United States and drive a wedge between it and its allies.”
“There is significant congressional interest in ensuring sanctions on Russia are effective and proportionally enhanced, particularly in light of continuing Russian intransigence in these areas.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY) agreed to combine new sanctions on Russia with ones Republicans and Democrats intend on Iran.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) demands strong new sanctions on Russia. Otherwise Democrats won’t support the measure.
Neocon Lindsey Graham (R. SC) said “(a)ny member of Congress (against) punish(ing) Russia…is betraying democracy.” The same goes for Trump is he doesn’t sign a tough sanctions bill, he added.
Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R. TN) said Senate members intend “something really, really strong on Russia that can be supported in a very bipartisan way.”
Details remain to be resolved before legislation is introduced. Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “the administration is committed to existing sanctions against Russia and will keep them in place until Moscow fully honors its commitments to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.”
“We believe that the existing executive branch sanctions regime is the best tool for compelling Russia to fulfill its commitments.”
Commenting on Senate plans for new sanctions, Russian upper house Federation Council Senator Alexie Pushkov tweeted:
“Left looking the fool after Comey’s testimony, the anti-Russian coalition in the US Senate has decided to strike at relations with Russia through new sanctions. They’re obsessed.”
US hostility toward Russia in built on a foundation of disinformation and Big Lies.
No Russian interference in last year’s presidential election occurred. No evidence suggests it. None exists.
No “Russian aggression” occurred in Ukraine, no violation of its territory. Moscow intervened in Syria at the request of its government. US-led coalition forces operate there illegally.
No US sanctions are warranted on Russia, Iran, or any other countries with one exception.
Imposing them on itself for repeated flagrant violations of international law would be entirely justified and welcomed.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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