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 Congress to pursue more sanctions against Russia targeting energy and banking sectors in 2017, Republican Senator Graham says

U.S. senators are set to impose new sanctions against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in 2017 in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged involvement in hacks into Democratic Party e-mails before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.

As reported by Censor.NET, U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview with Radio Svoboda.

According to the senator, next year, the Congress is to impose new sanctions (in addition to already existing ones introduced by the Obama Administration) targeting energy and banking sectors that that would impact not only the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) or GRU (Russian Intelligence Agency) senior officials but Putin and his cronies as well.

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Graham expressed belief that the only way to force Russia change was to make Putin's economy and Putin personally pay heavy price for Russia's actions.

The senator said that in early 2017, the Congress would try to adopt new sanctions targeting banking and energy sectors which are critical components of the Russian economy.

He expressed hope that the bill would be passed and President Donald Trump would sign the law.

Read more: These actions not sum total of response to Russia's aggressive activities, variety of actions to follow, - Obama on additional sanctions

As reported, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a decree on new sanctions against Russia on Dec. 29. Besides, Dec. 30, the U.S. Department of State declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The diplomats and their families were given 72 hours to leave the country.
   
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