Trump Considers Sanctions on Russian Firm, Reinforcing that DASKA is Too Broad, Must be Fixed

In a welcome development, we learned this week that the Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil company.

On the surface, this seems unrelated to DASKA. According to Politico, it’s about cutting off Rosneft’s support for Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro’s regime.

But at the Project on Effective Sanctions, we would argue that the news is highly relevant to our efforts to convince Congress to fix DASKA.

Since Rosneft is run by a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, sanctioning that specific company strikes us as the right approach to countering Russia’s bad behavior: target individual bad actors.

The DASKA approach is far too broad. It would enrich Russian interests, and would target U.S. companies instead of the Kremlin. Please join us in encouraging Congress to fix DASKA now!