Senator Joe Donnelly

Donnelly: Russia Sanctions a Welcome Step

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today welcomed the Treasury Department’s announcement it is implementing new sanctions on five Russian entities and 19 individuals for attempted meddling in the 2016 election, dangerous cyberattacks, and efforts to target critical infrastructure in the United States, including the American energy grid. In early 2017, Donnelly helped shape bipartisan legislation, which was signed into law in August 2017 and, in part, sanctioned Russia for its behavior in 2016. 

Donnelly said, “The sanctions announced today by the Administration are an overdue and welcome first step. This helps send Russia a message that there are consequences for their destabilizing actions. These sanctions follow my bipartisan work in the last year to shape and help pass into law legislation to counter the Russian threat. We cannot tolerate efforts to disrupt our electoral system, which is the foundation of our democracy, or attacks on our infrastructure, which must be safe from outside interference.”

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