Rada speaker urges Washington to impose additional sanctions on Russia
Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy has sent a letter to U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence to tell him about "the Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov" and to call for imposing additional energy and financial sanctions on Russia.
"We are urging you to use every existent opportunity for stopping the Russian aggression against Ukraine and its apparent violation of international rules and norms by means of additional sanctions in the field of energy and finance," the letter, which copy was published on the Ukrainian parliament's website, said.
The speaker noted the determined efforts taken by Ukraine, the United States, and the international community since 2014 in order to counter Russia and mentioned economic sanctions amongst other measures.
The Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act was adopted by the U.S. Congress in 2017, Parubiy said.
The U.S. policy aims at supporting the Ukrainian government's struggle for restoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and for countering "the destabilizing actions of Russia," he said.
"Given those provisions and new aggressive actions of Russia, Ukrainian deputies urge the United States to endorse a new package of sanctions against Russia consistent with the proposed bipartisan bill," the letter said.
The bill includes sanctions against operations of certain oligarchs and politicians, the new Russian state debt, and oil extraction, it said.
It also envisages sanctions for some types of cyber activity and Russian energy projects "with a value exceeding $250 million, such as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project," the letter said.