The US Congress introduced a bill on new tough sanctions against Russia

The US Senate has prepared a bill on new sanctions against Russia due to interference in the elections

Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen and Republican Senator Marco Rubio are co — authors of the document. In 2018, they already proposed to tighten sanctions against Russia, but the bill did not reach the vote.

The new bill, which is expected to be submitted for consideration, includes sanctions against major Russian banks, such as Sberbank and VTB, as well as a ban on operations with Russian foreign debt.

It is also proposed to extend the restrictive measures to the energy and defense sectors of the Russian economy.

The draft document, which was read by FreeNews, says that the Director of national intelligence of the United States within 30 days after any Federal elections will have to report whether they interfered with Russia or another foreign state. In the event of such interference the proposed sanctions to be administered within 10 days.

In 2014, the US imposed sanctions on Russia because of the annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s role in the Ukrainian crisis. Sanctions were tightened several times, and their effect was prolonged.

In 2017, the US Congress passed a law on sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran (known as CAATSA), which allowed the US President to impose additional restrictive measures. In particular, in April 2018, Russian businessmen Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg were included in the US sanctions list.