US Congress banned the recognition of Russian Crimea and ordered to investigate the sources of Putin’s income
The US House of Representatives, with 427 votes in favor, passed the Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act, that would prohibit federal agencies from taking any action that recognizes Russian sovereignty over Crimea.
According to the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, the document also does not recognize the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over the airspace and territorial waters of the illegally annexed peninsula.
The new law prohibits US federal departments and agencies from carrying out any actions or providing any support that may be interpreted as contrary to US policy.
According to Agusta free press, Representatives Gerry Connolly from the Democratic Party and Steve Chabot from Republicans became the authors of the bill.
Also, the lower house of the US Congress approved bills against the leadership of Russia and its president Vladimir Putin personally, Radio Svoboda reports.
According to the report, a package of approved documents (including the Vladimir Putin Transparency Act) obliges the US intelligence director to prepare a report on Putin’s personal capital and assets within 180 days, and also to report on possible military actions of Russia against NATO countries within 90 days.
The author of this resolution was a Democratic from the state of Florida Val Deming, according to Orlando Weekly.
“To protect our national security and democracy, it’s vital that we investigate and expose the Russian president’s financial networks and cut off the illegal funding for these criminal attacks against our country,” Deming said.
The American congressmen adopted another resolution condemning the actions of the Russian leadership in withdrawing the details of the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and urging Moscow to organize an international investigation.
The corresponding resolution obliges US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to impose sanctions within the Magnitsky Act on persons to be identified as involved in the murder.
In the near future, the documents will be submitted to the US Senate for consideration, if approved by the senators, they will be further sent for signing to President Donald Trump.
March 5, 2019, Trump extended the effect of anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the Kremlin’s aggression on the territory of Ukraine for another year.
QHA media previously reported, that the US Senators introduced a bill on new sanctions against Russia because of aggression against Ukraine, including incident in the Kerch Strait area on November 25, 2018. The document implies restrictions, in particular, on operations with the state debt of Russia, the Russian banking, energy and shipbuilding sectors, as well as personally against 24 employees of the FSB of the Russian Federation, who are considered to be involved in the capture of 24 Ukrainian seamen by Russia.