American senators reach deal on Russian Federation sanctions

Henrietta Brewer
June 15, 2017

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters yesterday that Russian Federation took a negative view of the wider sanctions against his country.

It strengthens existing sanctions targeting Russian energy projects, while imposing new sanctions on those involved in serious human rights abuses, supplying weapons to the Syrian government, carrying out malicious cyber activities and doing business with Russian intelligence and defense.

The Russia sanctions were amended to a bill sanctioning Iran for its nuke program and support of terrorism.

A procedural vote on the Russian Federation sanctions is expected Wednesday, and the measure is expected to get strong bipartisan support.

Senior members of the Senate committee on banking which includes Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat and Senator Mike Crapo teamed up with Senator Cardin and Republican Senator John McCain alongside Graham Lindsey to introduce a provision in the agreement that matches up with other bills that have previously been considered this year.

The legislation also allows new penalties on key elements of the Russian Federation economy, including mining, metals, shipping and railways.

A number of investigations into the allegations have been opened in Washington, including a justice department probe led by former FBI director Robert Mueller.

"These additional sanctions will also send a powerful and bipartisan statement to Russian Federation and any other country who might try to interfere in our elections that they will be punished".

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved new financial sanctions against Russian Federation on Wednesday for its interference in the 2016 presidential election and actions taken in Syria and Europe, according to media reports.

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. In Putin's calculus, the costs of the sanctions do not outweigh the benefits of occupying Crimea and contributing to unrest in Ukraine, continuing to support the Assad regime's assault on civilians in Syria, and conducting cyber-attacks on people, companies, and institutions.

During the presidential campaign, Trump said that he was open to revisiting sanctions imposed by the Obama administration.

Today's vote was the most significant blow the Republican President has received from the Republican Congress.

It's important to note that these sanctions haven't passed, but Senate Democrats are optimistic Trump won't veto them - in part because the 97-2 vote suggests that the Senate could override his veto.

President Trump is expected to meet Mr. Putin for the first time, ahead of G20 meeting.

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