Senate Prepares a Draft Law Forbidding to Cancel Anti-Russian Sanctions
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:16:00 +0300
Several members of the U.S. Senate led by ben Cardin and Lindsey Gram prepared a draft law designed so as to make the White House provide the Congress with a detailed explanation if at some point in the future the U.S. Presidents decided to cancel the sanctions imposed on Russia. On top of that, 120 days after the explanation is provided, the Congress will decide whether to support this initiative.
Apart from numerous senators and other congressmen, the draft law is supported by several television companies and broadcasting networks, including the CNN. All of them firmly believe that Russia deserves those sanctions for its destabilizing activities in Ukraine. To become a law, the draft law needs 67 votes. Experts say that the required amount can be easily achieved.
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