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Putin warns new sanctions will 'complicate' ties between Russia and US

19 June 2017

The Senate voted 98-2 Thursday to pass a bill that would enact new sanctions against Russian Federation and require the White House to secure congressional approval before lifting any current sanctions, Reuters reported Thursday.

Though there's little dispute over Russia's interference in the election, questions remain over the objective and extent of the meddling.

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.

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers that USA allies around the world had asked Washington to improve relations with Russian Federation, and warned that further measures against Moscow could hinder ongoing progress in the fight against terrorism in Syria.

Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, had questioned the legislation in testimony in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

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Trump has said several times that he hoped to work with Russian Federation on fighting terrorism around the world, specifically the Islamic State group that has taken hold in Iraq and Syria.

Senate Democrats expressed concerns to Politico that the extremely busy news cycle related to the investigations surrounding Russian Federation and Trump may ironically allow the administration to block or stall this legislation created to punish Russian Federation.

The new measures are presented in the form of an amendment to the draft law on the application of sanctions against Iran. The Russia amendment was added to the sanctions bill in a 97-2 vote on Wednesday. They also target Russia's shipping, mining, and railway industries.

United States senators have agreed on new sanctions against Russian Federation because of alleged Russias ‘interference in the 2016 USA election, as well as the situations in Crimea and in Syria.

'This is a very, very strong piece of legislation, ' Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said on the Senate floor.

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The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end penalties against Moscow.

Other sanctions have been introduced for the country's alleged interference in the US presidential election.

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. Rand Paul (R -KY) and Bernie Sanders (I - VT).

Christians United for Israel also lauded the measure, calling it a "good first step".

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Putin warns new sanctions will 'complicate' ties between Russia and US