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Senators aim at Russia with a massive reciprocal bill

They have proposed a comprehensive law that, among other things, should force the government to consider whether Russia is a state sponsor of terror.

It would also require a two-thirds vote by the Senate if Trump decides to leave NATO, a report on the assets and assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and title insurance companies in the US to report information on who owns businesses. Buy high-priced houses here – and hammer out Russia with a series of additional sanctions and new ways of containing Russian disinformation and cybercrime.

Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who is one of the co-sponsors of the bill, said the legislation was a response to "willful paralysis of President Donald Trump in the face of Kremlin aggression" and attempted to punish Russia through a variety of punitive measures to reinforce dimensions.

"Putin's actions can not be tolerated and the consequences of inaction become faster and faster," Menendez said in a statement.

"That's why we are making a proposal to holistically address the realities of the Kremlin's threat while sending a clear message to our adversaries that the US Congress will protect our institutions, allies and values, even if the President does not choose this to do, "he added.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, in his own statement on Wednesday, did not mention the President or the government's policy on Russia, but emphasized how the proposed legislation made a meaningful complaint against Moscow.

"Our goal is to change the status quo and impose meaningful sanctions and measures against Putin's Russia, stop meddling in the US electoral process, stop cyberattacks on American infrastructure, remove Russia from Ukraine, and stop the US Efforts to stop chaos in Syria, "said Graham.

"The sanctions and other measures contained in this bill are the worst ever imposed – and a direct result of Putin's continuing desire to undermine American democracy – the sanctions and measures we propose are geared towards the best way to respond. " he added.

Trump has often claimed that he is "tougher against Russia" than any of his predecessors, and has described the investigation into a possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow as "a whole big hoax."

US names Russian oligarchs in the Putin list & # 39; but imposes no new sanctions

The president, however, was criticized for openly admiring Putin and constantly doubting that Moscow, despite the assessments of his own intelligence agencies, was not interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.

Legislators expressed their frustration in November 2018 after the government failed to announce a series of sanctions against Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and daughter in the United Kingdom last year.

The legislative announcement on Wednesday came one year after the US published a comprehensive list of prominent Russian business and political leaders implementing a Congressional bill to punish Russia for interfering with elections.

The US Treasury Department, released shortly before midnight, listed all high-ranking members of the Kremlin's political administration and all Russian oligarchs with a net worth of at least $ 1 billion.

Some of these people are already subject to US sanctions. But the government did not give any new punishments and said that the legislation is already doing its job. The report is "no sanction list," they say.

Instead, the Finance Ministry's report resembled an exercise in naming and disgraceful attention that could be sanctioned in the future.

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect correctly when the list of Russians was revealed and to provide background information on the sanctions.

Donna Borak of CNN contributed to this report.

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