The document also implies measures to suspend Russia’s participation in the WTO.

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress approved a bill banning energy imports from Russia and on the adoption by American officials of measures to suspend Russia’s participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The voting was broadcast on the website of the lower house of the legislature.

The initiative was supported by 415 congressmen, 17 voted against. According to the document, “a ban on the import of energy carriers from the Russian Federation, including oil and gas, should be introduced into the United States.” In addition, American officials are instructed to consider steps “to suspend Russia’s participation in the WTO.” It is not yet specified when the bill will be considered by the Senate of the U.S. Congress.

According to the bill, in connection with Russia’s operation in Ukraine, “a ban on the import into the United States” of energy carriers from the Russian Federation, including oil and gas, should be introduced. There are a number of exceptions to these rules.

In addition, American officials are instructed to take measures in order to “urge other WTO members to suspend trade concessions for the Russian Federation.” The U.S. officials should also “consider taking further steps to suspend Russia’s participation in the WTO.” It is not yet specified when the bill will be considered by the Senate of the U.S. Congress.

The U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday already signed a decree banning energy imports from Russia and new investments in the Russian energy sector.