Republican Senator Lindsey Graham pledged that Congress will make every possible effort to tighten in 2017 sanctions against Russia. The politician said this at the Munich security conference, reports video News Service.
“Talking to our German friends — you’re next. Our friends in France — they’re coming for you. And my friend, Mr [foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov — I hope you finally face the consequences for what you and your regime are doing to democratic countries. 2017 will be the year when Russia will get his ass kicked in the Congress,” Graham said.
He added that he intends to vote for the bill on toughening sanctions against Russia due to the annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the presidential elections in 2016 and “put the bill on the table,” the US President Donald trump. “As the leader of the free world, he must work with us [senators] to punish Russia,” said Graham.
On December 29 last year who was then President Barack Obama, as well as the Finance Ministry has imposed sanctions against Russia in connection with allegedly carried out cyber attacks against the U.S. electoral system. Under the restrictions, in particular, got the FSB and the Main intelligence Directorate of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces. Moscow consistently denies the charges.
Crimea became part of Russia following the March 2014 referendum in which the decision was made by the majority of the members voting. Kiev refuses to recognize the results of the plebiscite. Moscow insists that the referendum was carried out in accordance with all norms of international law.
In 2014 after joining the Crimea to Russia and the beginning of military clashes in Eastern Ukraine, the U.S. and several countries have introduced financial sanctions against Russia, limiting investments in the Russian economy, a number of companies, the transfer of technology. Russia in response banned the import of certain products from countries that joined the sanctions.