Slutsky: The Initiative Of US Senators On Sanctions Is Directed Against Nord Stream 2
The initiative of a number of us senators to impose anti-Russian sanctions over the situation with Alexey Navalny is part of a strategy to undermine the Nord Stream 2 project, Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee, told reporters on Friday.
"The senators' initiative to impose new anti-Russian sanctions over the alleged poisoning of Navalny is part of a strategy to undermine the Nord Stream 2 project, as well as further deter Russia by interfering in the internal affairs of our country, "the Deputy is sure.
Slutsky drew attention to the fact that American politicians "believe they have the right to demand a report on the financial Affairs of the President of the Russian Federation and his inner circle, including family members." "They forget that the President is accountable only to the citizens who chose him for the position, not the American administration. This is a gross intrusion into the sphere of clearly not their competence," said the parliamentarian.
Also, the senators suggest that US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo step up contacts with Germany, calling on them to refuse to participate in the project to build a gas pipeline. "This is completely in line with the idea already voiced by Pompeo about creating a coalition against Nord stream 2, and also points to the United States as the main beneficiary of the provocative actions of the West in the situation around the recent patient of the Charite clinic, "Slutsky stressed.
"Creating competitive economic advantages by dirty political methods and further geopolitical containment of Russia are the main goals of this initiative and the entire anti - Russian spectacle with Navalny in the main role in General," the Committee Chairman concluded.
Earlier, a group of US senators from both parties proposed to impose sanctions against Russian officials in connection with the situation with Navalny, which follows from a statement published on Thursday on the website of democratic Senator Chris coons (from Delaware). As follows from the document, the senators presented a bill that suggests the possibility of "imposing sanctions against Russian officials" under the pretext that they may allegedly be related to certain cases of "violations of international law." Among them, lawmakers call the "recent poisoning" of Navalny. The document does not specify the names and positions of persons who may be subject to restrictions. Possible sanctions include freezing assets and refusing to issue visas.