(The Telegraph newspaper) Senior Republican and Democratic senators have drafted legislation that would impose fresh sanctions on Russia over its cyber espionage program and actions in Syria and Ukraine.
The legislation, which is sponsored the Republican senator and John McCain and the senior Democrats Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez, will be introduced later today.
It would impose visa bans and asset freezes on individuals who engage “in significant activities undermining the cybersecurity of public or private infrastructure and democratic institutions” or assist in such activities, according to a summary seen by Reuters.
In measures that could hit companies doing business in Russia, it will also target those who engage with the Russian defence or intelligence sectors and sanction investments of more than $20 million in Russian oil and gas development.
The bill would also enshrine in law sanctions that President Barack Obama previously imposed by executive order in retaliation for hacking and involvement in Ukraine.
The new legislation comes after senior US senators promised “comprehensive” bi-partisan measures against Russia in retaliation for apparent attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Lindsey Graham, a republican senator who has joined Mr McCain in pushing for a tough line on Russia, on Sunday promised to “introduce sanctions that…will hit them in the financial sector and the energy sector, where they’re the weakest.”