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The White House-backed legislative proposal includes provisions to strengthen Ukraine’s security and encourages the United States to “consider all available and appropriate measures” to secure the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany — a “tool of malice.” “. Influence of the Russian Federation” – will not take effect.
“This bill makes it absolutely clear that the US Senate will not stand by if the Kremlin threatens to invade Ukraine again,” said Senator Robert Menendez, the Democratic chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which introduced the bill , in a statement .
Russia has massed about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border and Washington is trying to dissuade Moscow from invading the country again.
The bill, first reported by the Washington Post, also targets companies in Russia that offer secure messaging systems, such as SWIFT, which banks use to exchange critical information with other financial institutions.
More than two dozen Democrats, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, have supported the bill, a Menendez spokesman said.
The bill would impose “heavy costs on Russia’s economy” if Russia proceeds with an invasion, a White House National Security Council spokesman said.