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Senate OKs sanctions bill to punish Russia

Senate OKs sanctions bill to punish Russia

Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, the second member who voted against the sanctions amendment, said that sanctions against Iran or Russian Federation are like "tweaking their nose" and not effective.

The bill would also impose sanctions on Iran with regard to its ballistic missile activities that are not linked to the nuclear agreement the Arab country signed with the USA and other countries. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen.

The measure will now go to the House of Representatives where the path forward is not clear.

Last week, the former FBI Director James Comey stated that there had been many stories about Russian Federation which are “just dead wrong” but, nonetheless, reiterated the “high-confidence judgement” that Moscow had systematically interfered in the USA elections past year without ever showing a shred of evidence for it. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, joined the effort to push the legislation forward. It would make congressional approval necessary if Trump seeks to suspend or ease sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its apparent cyberattacks during the 2016 United States election campaign. The bill includes a mechanism requiring congressional review of any decision to ease the Russian Federation sanctions. Asked if they felt handcuffed by the Senate actions, Sanders demurred, saying that because the process was still ongoing, there was no final product to weigh in on.

Crapo says Russia's President Vladimir Putin has become increasingly belligerent, nationalistic and autocratic.

Require the president to seek congressional approval before lifting the sanctions.

"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", Tillerson said Wednesday during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. "I don't expect the Russian government to sanction the USA shipping industry or railway industry or metal industry. but [Putin] is going to try to find sectors on which the impact would be comparable".

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But the Senate moved forward anyway. As the State Department actively engages with lawmakers, the White House is confident it has allies in the House who are also concerned about the prospect of breaking with precedent and limiting the executive branch's control over sanctions.

It would also codify existing sanctions against Russian Federation over its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine. They also target Russia's shipping, mining, and railway industries.

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.

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

Sen. Lindsey Graham's resolution passed 100-0 after Trump waffled on his commitment to Article 5.

In another challenge to Trump's foreign policy, the measure also "reaffirm the strategic importance" of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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