The Senate introduced a bill on measures in connection with the poisoning of Navalny
Browder says Canada not doing enough to sanction Russians over Navalny poisoning
People involved in the poisoning and conviction of Alexei Navalny and the murder of Boris Nemtsov should be held accountable for what they did, lawmakers say
Senators Chris Koons and Marco Rubio presented a bill to the upper house of Congress to hold Russia accountable for malicious activity. If the bill is passed, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, the United States will impose sanctions on Russian officials who grossly violate international law, including in the case of the poisoning and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny.
The text of the bill, presented with the support of Democrats Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen, Dick Durbin and Republican Mitt Romney, published on the Senate website.
According to the text of the document, the president will have to submit reports to Congress with the names of Russian officials involved in the poisoning and conviction of Navalny within three months after the adoption of the law. In addition, Congress requires the submission of reports on the personal condition of President Vladimir Putin and his corrupt entourage, on the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, as well as on the Kremlin’s possible violation of US laws that prohibit the use of chemical weapons..
«After yesterday’s outrageous verdict on the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, I am proud to announce that I join Senator Koons and support the Russian people., – said Rubio, – The law on holding Russia accountable for malicious activity is needed to bring Putin and his thugs to justice, for their corruption and persecution of opponents».
«Russians are currently demonstrating against the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny through peaceful protests throughout the country. Instead of listening to their demands, Putin’s security forces used unjustifiably brutal measures against them, arresting thousands of people. This bipartisan bill aims to hold Putin and his inner circle accountable while sending a clear signal that the Russian government must immediately release Navalny and end its repressive actions.», – summed up Senator Marco Rubio.
The bill also provides for the secretary of state to urge the German government to refuse to support the construction of the gas pipeline. «Nord Stream 2» based on the inappropriateness of participating in a project supported by a government that kills its citizens for reporting on the corruption of the government. Along with this, the new gas pipeline will make Europe more dependent on, as was said, «destabilizing and unreliable leadership» Of Russia.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday that the United States will be monitoring completion and certification activities for the pipeline. «Nord Stream 2», and are ready to impose sanctions on potential project participants.
«This is a bad deal, – said at a briefing at the State Department Ned Price, – We will work closely with our allies and partners to strengthen European energy security and protect against predatory behavior, including, in this case, from Russia.»