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Senate Democrats introduce bill providing for sanctions against Russian aggression against Ukraine

Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a bill to sanction Russia if it takes action against Ukraine in an attempt to counter Sen. Ted Cruz’s own action on the issue.

The Biden administration has backed the latest bill, which includes measures to strengthen Ukraine’s border security and sanction senior Russian officials, even President Vladimir Putin.

“This legislation makes it clear that the US Senate will not stand idly by as the Kremlin threatens a reinvasion of Ukraine,” said Senator Robert Menendez, DN.J., Democratic Chairman of the Senate Relations Committee who introduced the bill, said in a statement.

Committee Chairman Senator Bob Menendez, D-NJ questions Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday, September 14, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Blinken was asked about the Biden administration’s handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. (Drew Angerer / Pool via AP)
(Drew Angerer / Pool via AP)

Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Hailed the measure as a way to ensure that Russia understands that “any further aggression against Ukraine will be punished with severe sanctions”.

“This bill makes it clear in advance that Putin and Russia will face punitive consequences if he makes the drastic miscalculation of invading Ukraine and further encroaching on its sovereignty,” said Hollen in a statement.

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The Washington Post wrote that the bill would impose “drastic” sanctions against top Russian officials as well as major banking institutions if Russia attempted hostile action against Ukraine. The bill would also target Russian companies that offer secure messaging systems, potentially further compromising financial institutions.

“Putin does not need to collapse his entire economy or sacrifice the lives of his own people in a futile attempt to rewrite the map of Europe,” Menendez said.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a thumbs up as he attends a foundation laying ceremony for the third reactor at Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, via video link in Moscow, Russia March 10, 2021 .

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a thumbs up as he attends a foundation laying ceremony for the third reactor at Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, via video link in Moscow, Russia March 10, 2021 .
(Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo)

But the real purpose of the bill would be to serve as an alternative to Texas Senator Cruz’s bill, which would punish Russia for activating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Critics of the pipeline argue it would lead to greater European dependence on Russian resources, giving Putin a stronger hand in all future negotiations.

The Cruz bill would seek to sanction companies linked to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which carries gas from Russia to Germany. Cruz agreed to release several candidate Biden in exchange for a vote on his bill, but some senators said the administration made a compelling argument that the Cruz bill could damage relations with a new German administration. at a critical time.

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German officials remain divided on the pipeline issue, with one official in December warning Russia of “serious consequences” for the pipeline if Russia attacks Ukraine while another official this week urged politicians to “let the (dispute) behind us “.

Kevin Keuhnert, general secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), said discussion of any sanctions against Russia should be kept separate from any questions regarding Nord Stream 2, according to Reuters.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech during a meeting of the German Federal Parliament, the Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz delivers a speech during a meeting of the German Federal Parliament, the Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, December 15, 2021.
(AP Photo / Michael Sohn)

“Everything in me resists the idea that conflicts are brought up just to bury a controversial project,” Kuehnert said.

The activation of Nord Stream 2 appears to be a given after the Biden administration lifted sanctions against the pipeline in early 2021.

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“These sanctions would do more harm than good,” Heritage Foundation researcher James Roberts told Fox News Digital. “The Biden administration already capitulated to Russia a year ago when it allowed Nord Stream 2 to go ahead, which the Trump administration had blocked. It was the leverage that counted. ”

Roberts argued that as soon as the German public becomes dependent on the pipeline, any attempt to shut it down will only prove detrimental.

And the sanctions are unlikely to put Russia in a difficult position, despite the current situation in Kazakhstan.

“In terms of something that would tie Putin’s hands? I don’t think so,” Roberts said. “Putin made real threats of war on the European continent for the first time since 1945, and he is apparently getting the attention he is looking for.”

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