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U.S. Senator Challenges Javelin Sale to Georgia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 15 Dec.'17 / 11:58

The U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Republican - Kentucky) introduced a resolution in the Senate “relating to the disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of Georgia of Javelin Missiles and Javelin Command Launch Units.”

The joint resolution, the concise text of which prohibits the USD 75 million arms sale to Georgia, was introduced in the United States Senate on December 7 and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. The bill has no cosponsors at the time of writing.

Under U.S. law, joint resolutions require the approval of both chambers (the House of Representatives and the Senate) and are submitted to the president for possible signature into law.

In an unrelated development, on December 6, U.S. House Representative Steve Russel (Republican - Oklahoma) introduced the “Georgian Fair Business Practices Sanctions Act of 2017,” in response to what he described as “several examples of the Government of Georgia violating contracts with U.S. entities and our allies, often after significant investment of time, energy, and capital by U.S. individuals and entities.”

Under the proposed bill, which has to pass both chambers as well, if the U.S. President determines in his semiannual reports that the Government of Georgia “is taking actions to undermine commitments or contractual agreements with United States persons engaging in business operations in the country of Georgia, and for other purposes,” the President shall impose the sanctions with respect to the Government of Georgia.

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