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Putin: New sanctions will 'complicate' Russia-US ties

The lower House of Representatives must still approve the bill before it would reach Trump's desk.

Senate Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker had pumped the breaks on the Russian Federation sanctions bill weeks ago, per the request of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the Trump administration was "committed to existing sanctions against Russia" but was "still reviewing the new Russian Federation sanctions amendment".

The Senate nearly unanimously approved legislation Thursday that slaps sanctions on Iran and Russian Federation.

However, he would have to reject new sanctions against Iran, which he supports, to derail the latest congressional effort to punish Russian Federation.

The Senate this week also added new sanctions punishing Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 usa election, annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for Syria's government in that country's six-year-long civil war.




The White House stressed that it is committed to the existing Russian sanctions regime that it believes is best suited to address United States concerns and would keep sanctions in place until Russia resolves the situation in Ukraine. But in a Senate panel Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned against passing a measure, saying it would make it more hard to improve U.S.

On the Iran sanctions, despite some opposition from a few officials in the Obama Administration, the plan focuses extra sanctions on Iranian support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and most importantly the work on a ballistic missile program.

Despite the overwhelming vote, the Russian Federation sanctions package was no sure thing.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, both Republicans, were the only votes against it - bolsters existing sanctions and would allow Congress to thwart any presidential effort to curtail sanctions without congressional approval.

"Today marks a significant shift of power back to the American people's representatives, something that has been a top priority of mine since becoming the lead Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee more than four years ago". They also target Russia's shipping, mining, and railway industries.

Christians United for Israel also lauded the measure, calling it a "good first step". They blocked USA companies such as Exxon Mobil, where Tillerson was chairman, from investing in such projects.

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