Russian President Vladimir Putin. US senators are drafting legislation to impose sanctions on Putin. Photo/REUTERS
The Democratic Party is the party of American President Joe Biden. Its senators are drafting rules to impose direct restrictions on Putin and other measures aimed at crippling Russian banks.
“Moscow is not planning to respond to anything yet, however, because we still want to hope that at least common sense will prevail,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday (13/1/2022).
“The imposition of sanctions on the head of state and against the Russian leader is an act commensurate with the severing of ties,” Peskov continued, as quoted by the newspaper. Russia Today.
The measures proposed by American senators are intended to act as a deterrent against a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Western countries accuse Moscow of deploying 100,000 troops to the Russia-Ukraine border, sparking fears that a military offensive is planned in the near future.
The Kremlin has denied all allegations that it seeks conflict, stating that it has the right to move its own troops wherever it wants within its own territory.
The US senators’ bill also includes $500 million in security assistance to Kiev, and sanctions against Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and other members of the Russian government.
“Putin does not need to tear down his entire economy nor does he need to sacrifice the lives of his own people in a futile attempt to rewrite the map of Europe,” Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said on Wednesday.
He said the US senators’ move would send a message to the Kremlin that war would be a misstep.
Washington’s drafting of the sanctions measures came the same week that Russian diplomats met with their American counterparts in Geneva to negotiate a proposal for security guarantees in Europe that Moscow put forward last year.
The proposals include demands for NATO to stop military expansion in eastern Europe, limit the deployment of missiles, and stop the deployment of NATO troops in the territory of the former Warsaw Pact countries.