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    Graham Vows to Introduce 'Sanctions Bill From Hell' Against Russia on Thursday

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    US Senator Lindsey Graham said in an interview on Tuesday that this week he will introduce an extensive new sanctions bill against Russia in response to Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    "I will be introducing Thursday a sanctions bill against Russia that has everything but the kitchen sink in it. It will be the sanctions bill from hell and any other country who is trying to interfere with our elections should suffer the same fate. You can only do so much on defense. It is now time to go on offense," Graham said.

    Last week Graham and Senator Bob Menendez said they planned to introduce a bill "in the coming days" that would increase sanctions on Russia's energy and financial sectors while imposing new sanctions on the country's sovereign debt and cyber actors.

    On January 29, the United States started to impose sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on foreign entities and individuals who conduct major transactions with the Russian defense or intelligence sector.

    The senators said their new bill would also establish a State Department sanctions coordinator and a National Center to Respond to Russian Threats.

    Russia has denied all allegations of interfering in the US election, calling the accusations "absurd."


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