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US Senate backs legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia

US Senate backs legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia”

United States senators reached an agreement on legislation imposing new sanctions on Russian Federation, including a provision that would prevent the White House from easing, suspending or ending sanctions without congressional approval.

The amendment to the underlying Iran sanctions bill maintains and expands sanctions against the government of Russian Federation in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyber-attacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria, said officials.

The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement concerning the latest round of sanctions on Russian Federation late Monday night, imposing new economic restrictions on Moscow and bolstering congressional oversight created to limit Trump's executive powers in this area. The proposed bill was drafted by both party's members on the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations Committee.

His comments come after senators signaled earlier on Monday that they were closing in on a deal on Russian Federation sanctions. Second, introducing new mandatory sanctions, legislatively consolidate those already in force.

It's curious how little the Trump administration seems to care about this: "Russia's cyberattack on the USA electoral system before Donald Trump's election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in nearly twice as many states as previously reported". So I would like to have congressional review on everything we do.

Although "Russia must be held accountable for its meddling in USA elections", Tillerson told House Foreign Affairs Committee members, "I would urge Congress to ensure any legislation allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation".

Former President Barack Obama shortly before leaving office also levied additional sanctions in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The legislation would have to pass the House of Representatives and be signed into law by President Trump. The review mechanism was styled after 2015 legislation pushed by Republicans and approved overwhelmingly in the Senate that gave Congress a vote on whether Obama could lift sanctions against Iran. "I think what I wouldn't want to do is to close the channels off with something new that's ill-timed".

Two Republican senators, Bob Corker and Mike Crapo, emphasized to reporters Tuesday that the Russian Federation sanctions bill they helped negotiate gives the president plenty of flexibility to implement his Russian Federation policy.

The Senate's measure is a clear effort at containing a president who has reportedly considered lifting sanctions against Russian Federation since he stepped into the White House.

Following the 97-2 vote, Sen.



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