US Senate Weighs Sanctions Bill Against Russia

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    The Facts

    • Two top Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee expressed confidence this weekend in the prospects of a bipartisan sanctions bill against Russia.

    • Appearing on CNN, Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), committee chairman, and James Risch (R-ID), ranking Republican, said an agreement could come as soon as this week.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    The situation in Ukraine is a clear-cut case of an authoritarian state trying to overpower and undermine a free and democratic one. There's overwhelming bipartisan support for the sanctions bill because both parties recognize the need to support democracy and the rule of law abroad.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    The US should stay out of the conflict and focus on portecting its own border and economy. Ukraine is strategically irrelevant to the US, which has nothing to gain form getting involved. Only China benefits, as Washington drives its two main global rivals closer together.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 45% probability of Russia invading Ukraine in 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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