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Senate proposes new Russian Federation sanctions as punishment for meddling in election

Francis Olson | 25 June, 2017, 22:49

However, the legislation also restricts the White House from easing sanctions without congressional approval, reports the Guardian.

The Senate passed by a vote of 97-2 a measure to toughen sanctions on Russian Federation, a rare bipartisan move meant to respond to various aggressions by Russian Federation against the U.S.

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson stopped short of registering his opposition to a new package of Russian Federation sanctions the GOP-led Senate is considering in retaliation for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its aggression in other parts of the world, including Syria and Ukraine.

The new Russian Federation sanctions would create a congressional review process if the executive branch eases current sanctions.

The Russian provisions would add people involved in the alleged Russian hacking attacks on the U.S. election to the sanctions list and impose penalties for delivery of weapons to the Syrian regime, hitting areas of the Russian economy such as mining and the energy sector.

The House and Senate, as well as a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department, are all investigating Russia's activities related to last year's USA elections, as well as potential links to Trump's campaign.

The only two "no" votes on the Russian Federation bill were from Republican Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul.

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The investigations underway in the House and the Senate, and by a Justice Department special counsel, are pursuing questions of whether Trump's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, discussed with the Russian ambassador the possibility of reversing sanctions that Obama imposed in the last days of his administration.

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Broad new sanctions would be imposed on Russia's mining, metals, shipping and railways sectors. 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.

It was the latest sign that some lawmakers intend to push back against Mr Trump's efforts to improve relations with Moscow.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the overwhelming passage of the measure "sends a strong signal to President Vladimir Putin while ensuring the Trump administration has the flexibility it needs". "I think we struck a very good balance".

If the Trump administration decides to oppose the new sanctions, they could be in a bind.

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