United States senators introduce bill with new Russian Federation sanctions - worldwide

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US amends CAATSA lets India continue Russia trade

McCain was one of six senators co-sponsoring the bill.

Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. They are focused not only on election security, but also on enhancing scrutiny of various Russian money-laundering efforts, containing Russia's influence internationally, and arming government agencies with better tools to identify and prosecute cybercriminals. The new sanctions would not apply to projects already underway at the time of the bill's enactment.

John McCain (R-AZ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the legislation aims to target Russian Federation for the country's "continued interference in our elections, malign influence in Syria, aggression in Crimea, and other activities", says a joint statement.

"The sanctions and other measures contained in this bill are the most hard-hitting ever imposed - and a direct result of Putin's continued desire to undermine American democracy", Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican-South Carolina, said in a statement.

In the Senate, Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and John McCain of Arizona, along with Democrats Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Ben Cardin of Maryland, and Jean Shaheen of New Hampshire introduced the the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018 together.

The bill contains a limit on the new Russian public debt transactions, energy projects, import of Russian uranium and the new sanctions against Russian politicians and oligarchs.

The bill comes amid growing speculation that Trump could weaken U.S. sanctions on Russia's energy sector.

The bill, which would strengthen US defense against such interference, still needs to pass the Senate, the House of Representatives, and President Trump himself before becoming law.

Aides to the Senate's Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, referred questions about the bill to the Senate Banking Committee.

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