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US Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

18 June 2017, 02:09 | Sandy Nunez

US Senate backs legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia

97 US senators dare Trump to veto sanctions against Russia

By a 97-2 vote, the U.S. Senate approved stronger sanctions on Russia Wednesday and took the first step toward limiting President Trump's ability to ease those sanctions.

If the Trump administration decides to oppose the new sanctions, they could be in a bind.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had agreed "with the sentiment" of holding Russian Federation accountable but had urged Congress not to pass any legislation that could harm a "constructive dialogue" with Moscow.

The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to enact new sanctions against Russian Federation and make it hard for President Donald Trump to lift them. Also included in the bill is an amendment strengthening sanctions for Russian officials who support cyberattacks against the US and its allies. That measure reflected Republican complaints that Obama had overstepped the power of the presidency and needed to be checked by Congress.

"Of course this will make Russia-US relations more complex", Putin said in an excerpt from an interview due to air in full at 1700 GMT on Rossiya-1 television. "Pretty good rate of return".

The legislation was filed as an amendment to an Iran sanctions bill. Bob Corker (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who noted that in many ways it was developed "under the radar" because it was bipartisan in nature. Rouhani is a political moderate who defeated a hard-line opponent.

Putin critic detained after defying police with protest call
Photographs and videos posted on Twitter showed large numbers of police at Tverskaya Street, a main thoroughfare near the Kremlin. There is a risk of violence as Mr Navalny's supporters descend on Moscow city centre for an unauthorised protest.


The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly - 97 to 2 - to add the Russian Federation measure to a bill sanctioning Iran for its work to develop ballistic missile technology, in a bipartisan rebuke to Trump's suggestions about improving relations with Russian Federation.

The bill mainly imposes new sanctions on Iran, targeting any individual or company that aids the country's ballistic missile program and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. He's instead castigated his own intelligence community and rejected its assessment that Russia's hacking and disinformation campaign was meant to aid his candidacy.

The issue, as Mr Saunders pointed out, is the Senate bill expands sanctions on Russian Federation to include railway, mining, energy, and finance sectors and "the more you broaden [economic] sanctions, the larger the number of stakeholders" involved in those sanctions.

The vote also comes one day after a report that Russian Federation orchestrated cyber attacks on voting systems in 39 states in an apparent attempt to alter or delete voter information.

The only two votes against the Russia-Iran sanctions deal came from GOP Sens.

Codify and strengthen existing sanctions contained in executive orders on Russia, including the sanctions' impact on certain Russian energy projects and on debt financing in key economic sectors.



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