The US Senate got close to concluding a bipartisan agreement on tightening sanctions against Russia for Moscow’s interference in the campaign for the election of the U.S. president in 2016.
As reported by DW, there is a consensus in the House, and the senators can adopt the corresponding bill this week. In particular, Republican senator Lindsey Graham said that Russia should be punished for interfering in the American elections.
“Any congressman who does not want to punish Russia for what it does is betraying democracy. And if the president does not sign the bill, he will betray democracy, too,” he argued his position.
Senator from the Democratic Party Jean Shahin expressed his assurance that “since the Kremlin intervened in our elections, now is the most suitable time for adopting a bill that has teeth”.
In turn, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker suggested that the Senate “will approve something very, very strong against Russia, which will be supported by representatives of both parties.”
He noted that the senators were outraged about Russian cyber attacks during the last presidential election.
At the same time, U.S. State Department spokesman Heather Naouert said last week that there were “talks” about the return of two Russian diplomatic complexes blocked by the administration of Barack Obama in December last year.
“We are working on restoring trust with the Russian government,” she added.
Earlier it was reported that Russia might demand from the Anglo-American school in Moscow to register in accordance with Russian laws. Such a decision can be taken as “mirror measures” on the U.S. refusal to resume diplomatic immunity of the residences.