By Julian Pecquet - 02/20/14 07:54 PM EST
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations panel laid out his plan Thursday to slap targeted sanctions on Ukrainian government officials, after clashes with protesters left dozens dead.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) vowed to take “legislative action” when Congress returns from recess next week. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have been working on sanctions legislation in recent days, as has the top Republican on the committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).
He said the legislation would support the Obama administration’s push to freeze the assets of Ukrainian officials determined to have allowed or carried out state-sanctioned violence against peaceful protesters, while denying the officials visas to the U.S. The bill would also increase support for “democracy, civil society actors, and independent journalists” while temporarily discontinuing assistance to “any organizations possibly involved in repression and violence until necessary reviews is completed.”
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