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Coats' bill would snub Russia's annexation of Crimea

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said Wednesday he has filed legislation that would prevent the United States from recognizing Russian sovereignty over Crimea.

“A policy of non-recognition will communicate the seriousness of this situation and help reassure our allies precariously placed on Russia's borders,” Coats said in a statement about Russia’s recent annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine.

Among other things, the legislation would prohibit U.S. investments in Crimea with Russia as an intermediary; deny entry to the U.S. by Crimean ships carrying Russian customs documentation; and prohibit certain forms of U.S. aid to countries that recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea.

Coats said the Obama administration and European leaders have “talked tough, but meaningful action still has not been taken” against Russia for its takeover of Crimea.

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