In the US Congress presented a new bill providing for the use of a number of additional measures in connection with the situation in Syria.
Thus, in the Congress, they again propose that the US President impose sanctions on individuals who “consciously provide financial, material or technological assistance to the Syrian government.”
In particular, as noted in the document, the sanctions may affect those who sell or provide goods, services, technology or information that can greatly facilitate the extraction and production of natural gas, oil and petroleum products in Syria.
Also, measures will affect those who sell or provide aircraft and their components, “used for military purposes in Syria.” Under the sanctions refers to the blocking of property in the United States, a ban on obtaining a US visa and entry into the United States.
At the same time, restrictive measures can be abolished or suspended for a period of up to 180 days if the Syrian government “releases all political prisoners and also provides open access for the international community to conduct investigations.”
The authorities must also ensure the return of Syrians who were forced to leave their homes because of the conflict.
In addition, the draft states that the Syrian government should take steps to fulfill its obligations under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and Their Destruction, and also to make progress on the issue of signing the Convention on the Prohibition stocks of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons and their destruction (BTWC).
The draft also states that the US Treasury Department will analyze the activities of the Central Bank of Syria in order to confirm or refute the concerns about money laundering in a financial institution.
In case of confirmation of suspicions, it is proposed to take measures in accordance with Article 31 of the United States Code: record keeping and reporting on certain financial transactions; obtaining information related to certain transit accounts; the introduction of a ban or conditions for opening or maintaining certain correspondent or transit accounts.
The document was introduced on January 3.
On January 9, 2019, the US Senate blocked a bill on sanctions against Russia and Iran for helping the government of Syria.
Representatives of the Democratic Party stated that they would not support any bills that are not aimed at stopping the suspension of the activities of the US government.
Thus, the document “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East” was supported by 56 senators out of 100 (with the necessary 60).
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