US Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

US Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

US Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

House Republicans are expected to review the Senate-passed sanctions bill in the coming weeks, an aide told Politico.

She's urging the House to follow suit with similar legislation and calling on President Trump to sign the measure - which is attached to the popular Iran sanctions bill.

If the measure became law, it could complicate relations with some countries in Europe.

"It's time to respond to Russia's attack on American democracy with strength, with resolve, with common goal, and with action", said Republican Senator John McCain.

The measure also gives Congress the ability to block attempts by President Donald Trump to lift sanctions against Moscow.

The bill establishes a review process for Congress to have a say whether the White House eases Russian Federation sanctions.

Last December, the Obama administration responded to Russia's provocations with sanctions on Russia's central intelligence services.

Earlier this month, Yahoo News reported that the Trump administration secretly tried to eliminate Russia's economic sanctions.

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White House Principle Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration remains "committed" to the existing sanctions against Russian Federation, calling them the "best tool" for compelling Russian Federation to honor its commitments to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.

However, they could not predict if it would come up for a final vote before lawmakers leave Washington at the end of July for their summer recess.

Putin said that Russian Federation would be forced to make changes because of the sanctions, but they wouldn't lead to a "collapse".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered tepid support for the sanctions measure, telling the House Foreign Affairs Committee he agreed "with the sentiment" among lawmakers that Russian Federation must be held accountable for its meddling in the election.

- Require a study on the flow of illicit finance involving Russia and a formal assessment of US economic exposure to Russian state-owned entities. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and other lawmakers. It would also allow new sanctions on state-owned entities of the Russian economy, including mining, metal, shipping and railways. Congressional committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are examining the Russian interference and whether there was any collusion with Trump's campaign. Putin seems content to sit back and watch as America tears itself apart with partisan witch hunts and hatred of the president.

The Senate's Iranian sanctions legislation imposes new restrictions on Tehran's ballistic missile program, also aiming to punish Iran for supporting terrorism and human rights violations.

The vote was 97-2 for the package. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen.

On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the USA further sanctions would damage relations, though stopped short of saying how the Russian government would respond in kind.

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