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Congress need not stand idly by while Russia provides arms and ammunition and probably intelligence, financial and other support to Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime, acting in effect as an accomplice to the the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Syria.
The Senate and the House should consider carefully whether there are any bilatreral measures which might be taken against Russia in response to its support of Bashar Al-Assad’s continuing commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Whether permanent Most-Favered-Nation (MFN) status–now known as Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status should be granted to Russia–thereby revoking the Jackson-Vanik amendment requiring presidential certification of free emingration requirements–is a question now before Congress.
The establishment of PNTR status for Russia should be removed from consideration until long after the dust has settled in Syria.
There is also a question of whether MFN treatment under the World Trade Organization agreements can be suspended under special circumstances. This issue merits close consideration.
Other bilateral benefits the U.S. grants to Russia in trade and other areas should also be examined. If some can be indentified as candidates for suspension, the corresponding bill should be introduced into the House or the Senate at the earliest opportunity.
The Trenchant Observer