The bill on "Support for Stability and Democracy in Ukraine" (STAND for Ukraine .- Ed.), which will legitimize sanctions against Russia and non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation, was reintroduced to the House of Representatives of the US Congress, Voice of America reports.
According to Congressman-Republican Brian Fitzpatrick, despite the loss of some votes for this project, bipartisan support for Ukraine in the House of Representatives is still preserved.
The STAND for Ukraine bill prohibits the recognition of the annexation of Crimea by Russia in the US, including the publication of maps where the peninsula is designated as the Russian territory. It also grants the status of the law to sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation due to destabilization of the situation in Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea.
The document gives the US President the authority to impose new sanctions against persons involved in human rights violations in the territories occupied or controlled by Russia and requires him to influence NATO in order to prohibit the countries of the Alliance from providing Russia with weapons of defense or services as long as it occupies part of Ukrainian territory .
Earlier, March 7, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin that the United States of America would not discuss any plans to "exchange" the territory of Ukraine. Tillerson also noted that the Ukrainian issue is of fundamental importance for the United States.