US Senate passes new Iran-Russia sanctions

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

"Russia is still associated with Trump, with the mechanics of his election".

Senators on Wednesday passed the bipartisan sanctions legislation 97-2, underscoring broad support among Republicans and Democrats for rebuking Russian Federation after USA intelligence agencies determined Moscow had deliberately interfered in the presidential campaign. From the Senate, the bill still has to be approved by the House and then by President Trump to become law.

The House has yet to vote on the measure, which was added as an amendment to a popular bill stiffening sanctions against Iran for that country's recent ballistic missile tests.

In other words, the Trump administration may (again) be betting that loyalty to the president - or more likely, fear of his political base - will be more important to House Republicans than the omnipresent suspicions over, and investigation into, possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as the president's seeming attempts to dismiss that investigation.

The Senate adopted amendment #232 as modified (Russia sanctions) to S. 722, Iran Sanctions, 97-2.

"This bill will impose sanctions on Iran for its non-nuclear violations", Cardin said. In a televised addressed, he said that sanctions would violate the Iran deal signed by President Obama. The only two senators not to vote for the bill were Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

It comes amid concerns that members of Mr Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian Federation over the election.

The addition came with the White House deeply embroiled in crisis over whether Trump's campaign team colluded with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election.

Russia has repeatedly denied any interference in the U.S. election and says the "Russian" rhetoric is there as a result of an open battle between the new Government on one side and the "media" and the shadow unelected Government who is imposing its will on elected officials.

Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations of meddling in the U.S. election.

However, with the bill heading to the House, it appears that the White House is now working with House Republicans to weaken the legislation and restore President Donald Trump's power over the sanctions.

- Allow broad new sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy, including mining, metals, shipping and railways.

"However, we can't accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies", they said.

The Senate bill also would cement in law a series of executive orders signed by Obama and aimed at punishing Russian Federation for aggressive behavior, including its 2014 annexation of Crimea and support for separatist rebels in Ukraine's east.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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