United States to impose sanctions against 24 FSB employees
Congress prepared the corresponding bill.
The US Congress has developed a bill introducing sanctions against 24 employees of the FSB of Russia, who, according to US lawmakers, are involved in the arrest of Ukrainian sailors, Interfax reports.
Authors of the initiative - Democrats Marcy Kaptur and Michael Quigley, Republicans Andy Harris and Brian Fitzpatrick - stated that "the United States condemns the Russian attack on the Ukrainian Navy and the illegal detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors."
The incident was the last in a series of “malicious steps” that Moscow is taking to undermine democratic progress in Ukraine. Also, such actions affect the international legal order, the Americans emphasize.
In May, the United States, together with the EU and Canada, has already imposed sanctions against six Russian citizens, including two FSB employees, as well as several Russian companies, out of the arrest of Ukrainians.
The Lefortovo Court of Moscow decided to extend the detention of all 24 Ukrainian sailors. They were arrested in November last year after three ships of the Ukrainian Navy violated the state border of Russia in the Black Sea while trying to pass into the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait.