A bipartisan group of U.S. senators revealed a massive legislative package last week designed to slam the Russian government for interference in the 2016 presidential election along with their role in aiding opposition forces in Ukraine and Syria. The package is a combination of economic sanctions and shoring up of resources to NATO, which would include critical aid to Eastern Bloc nations. The group demanded demonstrable changes in Russia’s behavior both with the U.S. and its allies before a trade group is normalized. It’s the first legislative response from Congress since the investigation into Russia’s activities began.
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A bipartisan group of senators introduced deep sanctions on Russia today in response to the Kremlin’s continued interference in the 2018 campaign cycle and nefarious activities in Syria and Ukraine.
The Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018 is sponsored by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
“Unless Russia fundamentally changes its behavior, we must not repeat the mistakes of past Administrations of trying to normalize relations with a nation that continues to pose a serious threat to the United States and our allies,” said Gardner.
It rolls in another bipartisan bill from Gardner, McCain, and Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) that would require two-thirds of the Senate to approve any presidential effort to withdraw from NATO. It also includes provisions “expediting the transfer of excess defense articles to NATO countries to reduce some NATO countries’ dependence on Russian military equipment.”