U.S. Congress Threatens More Sanctions Against the Russian Government


September 2018

In this article, Barbara Linney discusses the proposed Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018 (DASKAA) and its possible consequences for the United States and Europe. "Although DASKAA pays lip service to the importance of coordinating sanctions against the Russian Federation with the European Union, the steady increase in sanctions threats and implementation over the past years appears to have provoked the opposite result, as talks designed to avoid collateral damage to European businesses are reported to be underway amongst European governments," Linney wrote. "If these efforts are successful, the United States may face considerable challenges to its successful use of sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy, while U.S. businesses will continue to pay the costs of an uneven playing field that are the inevitable result of unilateral sanctions policy."