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Translated by Ollie Richardson

13:30:14

01/01/2017

Life.ru

In 2017, the USA can put into force new sanctions against Russia that will concern the Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Minister of Defence Sergey Shoigu, and the head of the FSB Aleksandr Bortnikov.

This was declared during their visit to Ukraine by the American senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham – notorious for their anti-Russian positions. The reason for new sanctions — the participation of Russia in the hacking attacks on the USA that were allegedly taking place.

“We are going to impose next year new sanctions besides what already exists, which will concern the energy sector and the banking sector, and which will apply not only to the FSB and GRU and to their heads, but personally to President Putin and his immediate environment,” Graham is quoted as saying by “Radio Svoboda”.

McCain in turn explained that the question of adopting new sanctions will be brought up in the spring of this year. The Senator threatened to make these sanctions “more rigid” than the ones already in place.

“Starting with sanctions on trips of particular persons who participated in these hacking attacks, to the concrete organizations. In essence, it was an attack on the United States of America and on the foundations of our democracy,” said McCain.

He is sure that Congress will approve these sanctions. Even if the law on their introduction won’t be signed by the new U.S. President Donald Trump, for the introduction of sanctions two thirds of parliamentarians will be enough.

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