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 US House Foreign Affairs Committee adopts bill stiffening sanctions against Russia

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs have passed a bill tightening sanctions imposed against Russia over the war it waged in eastern Ukraine.

Censor.NET reports citing ВВС.

The committee passed the Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act No.5094. The bill is aimed to contain, reverse and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and assist Ukraine's democratic transition.

The Stability and Democracy (STAND) for Ukraine Act will forbid NATO members from exporting arms containing U.S. technology to Russia.
Among other things, the bill forbids the U.S. government to take any action that would lead to de jure or de facto "recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, its airspace and territorial waters".

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The document notes that sanctions imposed in connection with the Russian aggression in the Donbas may be cancelled only after the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, after Ukraine will restore control over its eastern border.

Relations between Russia and the United States deteriorated after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. The United States, as well as the European Union and some other countries, imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia's energy, banking and defense industries over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.

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