"This bill was introduced several weeks ago. It has a broad reach, covering Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and many others. They plan to slap restrictive measures on Russia in relation to war crimes supposedly committed during bombing operations in Syria. What can I say? The anti-Russian campaign, which is largely fueled by the US Congress, has continued. Simultaneously, a special counsel was appointed to investigate alleged 'Russian interference' during the presidential election in the US. The bill is only a part of this campaign," Sidorov, who heads of the Department of International Organizations and Global Political Processes at the Moscow State University, explained.
Defense analysts told Sputnik that the bill, even if passed in the Senate and signed by President Trump, would not have a lasting effect on the Russian Armed forces or the country's defense industry.
The analyst added that Washington's latest move appears to be linked to Russia's growing military clout.
"This is in line with the policy which the United States has carried out since the Russian Armed Forces launched an operation aimed at destroying terrorists in Syria. They clearly are unhappy that Russia is once again capable of operating in remote theaters," he said, adding that Moscow should adhere to its foreign policy despite Washington's stance.
Political analyst Alexei Fenenko, an associate professor at Moscow State University's Faculty of World Politics, shared these sentiments, saying that new sanctions, if imposed, would not have major implications since Russia and the United States do not cooperate in military and defense areas. He added that Russia could introduce painful countermeasures.
"Trump is constantly being slapped on the wrist when it comes to foreign policy," he said. "I think that there is a sort of a schedule of introducing new sanctions against our country. It does not depend on who is the President of the United States at the moment."
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