Russia Will Have an Answer Ready if US Supplies Arms to Ukraine
A resolution of the Duma authorizing Putin to station Russian troops in East Ukraine is a possibility
This article originally appeared at German Economic News. Choppy translation courtesy of Google Translate
The US Senate has passed a law that sanctions against Russia should be tightened. At the same time, the US government is to supply Ukraine with military equipment worth 350 million dollars. Russia summarizes the law as a provocation and has announced a reaction if the law comes into force. President Obama has for the time being denied the law his signature.
All signs point to confrontation when the diplomacy can not prevail: US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov will meet on 15 December in Rome. One of the Agenda items will form the Ukraine conflict.
Between the US and Russia worsened again the sound: The US Senate has decided arms supplies and sanctions against Gazprom. Even US President Barack Obama denied the law his signature. But it should come, Russia will show a reaction, notify the State channel Russia Today.
"The decision of the US Senate is extremely dangerous. If the law is approved by Congress and the President, Russia needs to respond in an appropriate manner. It is quite possible that we get to the decision to authorize the Russian President to send precautionary Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine. "
The US Senate on Thursday passed a law requiring the US government to implement further sanctions against the east-industry and Armour sector in Russia. It bears the name "Ukraine Freedom Support Act".
In detail, the government is the Russian energy giant Gazprom sanction if that gas supplies back stops NATO countries or to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The penalties also apply to all persons who invest in Russian oil projects. Furthermore, goods exports are expected to be limited in the Russian energy sector continues
The Russian Armour company Rosoboronexport will also be sanctioned if it provides without permission of the rightful government weapons to Syria, Ukraine, Georgia, in the Central Asian states or Moldova.
The same applies to all other Russian arms exporters. In practice, this would mean that the rebels can get weapons in Ukraine only after approval by the government in Kiev. The law aims to prevent any Russian influence in countries where large Russian minorities reside. Matching, has Latvia warned his EU partners that we observe an increased influence of Russia in the Russian ethnic group living in the country.
The Act authorizes the supply of anti-tank weapons, rifles and ammunition, artillery reconnaissance radars, artillery batteries, fire protection equipment, removing blade, tactical reconnaissance drones and communications equipment. The cost of the US for arms deliveries to Ukraine will amount to 350 million dollars. The comes from a document out of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Senate.
The United States will import more Russian-speaking Western media in the post-Soviet states to counter the "propaganda" of the Russian Federation. Broadcasters Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty is in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine priority.
However, President Obama has the "Ukraine Freedom Support Act" signed yet, so that it can enter into force. Also, Congress has not yet agreed. However, because of the new Republican majority consent is conceivable.
On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the "Ukraine Freedom Support Act" sharp. In a message states:
"Once again raises Washington groundless accusations against Russia and threatens more sanctions. At the same time, the conflicts in Ukraine and in Syria, the US has inflated verwurschtelt each other. "
Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, the Interfax news agency said: "Without a doubt, we will not let this initiative unanswered".
On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry is with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov meet in Rome to discuss the situation in the Middle East. In a Twitter message reports the Speaker of the US State Department, Marie Harf, that Ukraine conflict fancy one of the Agenda items.
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