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US Senate passes new Russian Federation sanctions

The Senate said the new measures were meant to punish Moscow for Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, cyberattacks and interference in the 2016 USA elections.The agreement has also established a process for the Congress to review any attempt by Presidnent Donald Trump to relax, suspend or terminate the sanctions.The measure calls for strengthening current sanctions and imposing new ones on a broad range of people, including Russians engaged in corruption, individuals in human rights abuses and anyone supplying weapons to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed new sanctions on Iran and Russian Federation and put a limit on the White House’s ability to roll back any Russian Federation sanctions.Russian officials, including Putin, have repeatedly said that Russia didn’t interfere in the United States presidential election, calling the accusations groundless and a result of the internal struggle in DC.But Tillerson urged Congress to make the sanctions legislation doesn’t tie the president’s hands and shut down promising avenues of communication between the two former Cold War foes.White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed Tillerson’s sentiment on Thursday, telling reporters that, “We believe the existing executive branch sanctions regime is the best tool for compelling Russian Federation to fulfill its commitments”.The White House has not said if Trump would sign or veto the legislation, which would have to be passed by the House of Representatives before it could go to the president’s desk.Under President Obama, top White House officials warned that sanctions would be unsafe to the legitimacy of the nuclear deal signed with Iran.The source drew attention to the fact, that in this case the Trump administration as a whole stands for the sanctions against Russian Federation.Democrats insisted that the Congress should also respond to Russia’s aggressions, including its annexation of Ukraine, attacks in Syria and interference in the USA election.United States senators sent Russian Federation a message Wednesday with a almost unanimous, bipartisan vote on a set of sanctions as part of the larger Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, but they also were likely sending President Donald Trump a little memo as well. The bipartisan effort showcases that the Obama legacy on relations with Iran, and specifically the Iran deal (which is not rescinded in the Senate bill), have become deeply unpopular.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) emphasized that the upper chamber “said to Mr. Putin in no uncertain terms that when he violates global norms and interferes with our election, he will not escape reproach”.Earlier this month, Yahoo News reported that the Trump administration secretly tried to eliminate Russia’s economic sanctions.The Russia sanctions were added as an amendment to the Iran bill on Wednesday and passed 97-2.