On December 18, President Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, which contains sanctions provisions on various Russian persons and entities and gives the White House the ability to provide military assistance to the Ukrainian government.
Russian Prime Minister stated on his Facebook page that the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, signed by the US President Barack Obama last Thursday will mar the US-Russia relations for decades.
The White House said that Ukrainian President thanked the United States for its recent restriction of investment and trade with Crimea.
The Ukraine Freedom Support Act, authorizing the provision of lethal assistance to Ukraine and the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, was passed by the US Congress last week and signed by President Barack Obama on Thursday.
In one of the final votes of the year and without general debate, both Houses of Congress passed the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014.” The legislation is part of a larger effort by the American foreign policy apparatus to dictate policy in Ukraine.
The recently signed Ukraine Freedom Support Act defines a strategy to develop "independent" media along with intensifying US-supported broadcasting in Russia.
In a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stresses that the Ukraine Freedom Act will derail cooperation between Moscow and Washington.
Experts commented on the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference in Moscow, saying that the relations between Russia and the United States can be restored.
Experts say that the signing of the Ukraine Freedom Support by US President Barack Obama will provide more policy freedom.
US President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Washington does not anticipate new sanctions against Russia and will continue to review and calibrate our sanctions to respond to Russia's actions.
According to a White House press release, US President Barack Obama has signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, providing lethal military aid to Ukraine and imposing additional sanctions on Russia.
White House spokesperson Josh Earnest stated that Obama is likely to sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, providing lethal weapons to Ukraine and imposing additional sanctions against Russia.
According to the White House spokesperson, US President Obama does not intend to impose sanctions under the Ukraine Freedom Act, however, the law gives additional authorities that could be utilized if "circumstances warranted."
A source in the White House and an official of the US Department of State stated that US President Barack Obama has not signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act yet and US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki misspoke during the daily press briefing on Wednesday.
State Department’s spokesperson Jen Psaki announced that US President Barack Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, providing lethal and non-lethal aid to the Ukrainian government and imposing a new round of economic sanctions on Russia’s defense, energy and finance sectors.
The so-called Ukraine Freedom Support Act authorizing $350 million in military aid to Ukraine will create another Afghanistan in the center of Europe.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Western countries should promote the start of a political dialogue.
White House spokesperson said that Anti-Russian sanctions to have the same effect on Russian economy as the sanction regime against Iran.
White House spokesperson stated that US President Barack Obama will likely sign the new sanction bill targeting Russia over the Ukrainian situation.
A legal expert is claiming that the new Russian sanctions bill that the US Congress has passed takes the restrictive measures to a whole new level.
Spokesperson Josh Earnest said that White House is still reviewing the legislation passed by Congress that would impose harsher sanctions on Russia.