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

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

The measure is widely seen as a rebuke to Trump, as it hits Russian Federation with new sanctions to punish Moscow for its interference in USA elections, as well as over Moscow's aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

It also allows Congress to review any administration attempts to ease, suspend or end sanctions. It would require the administration to explain any moves to ease or lift sanctions, and create a new mechanism for Congress to review and block any such effort.

The amendment also allows "broad new sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy, including mining, metals, shipping and railways" and authorizes "robust assistance to strengthen democratic institutions and counter disinformation across Central and Eastern European countries that are vulnerable to Russian aggression and interference".

Commentary: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, voted for bipartisan legislation that codifies and expands sanctions against the government of Russian Federation in response to its cyber-attacks and interference in elections; its violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine; and its continuing aggression in Syria.

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

The rare bipartisan move was a blow to the Trump administration, which is looking for room to negotiate with Russian Federation. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to push back at the legislation Wednesday at a House hearing.

"We should look how it will happen, that is why, it is too early to speak about our reciprocal measures", Putin said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 TV channel aired on Saturday.

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday to keep and expand sanctions against Russian Federation and to block the president from lifting them without congressional approval.

"We will keep them in place until Moscow fully honors its commitment to resolve the crisis in Ukraine", she said.

The White House stressed that it is committed to the existing Russian sanctions regime that it believes is best suited to address U.S. concerns and would keep sanctions in place until Russia resolves the situation in Ukraine. Republicans and Democrats have said they doubt Trump would veto the bill.

"I called over myself yesterday and just shared some thoughts with them". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, said the amendment's final language precluded that.

Lee and Paul were also two of only four Republicans to oppose the Saudi Arms deal on Tuesday.

Although the interference was a "brazen attack on our democracy", Sen.

During a visit to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters on his first foreign trip last month, Trump did not explicitly affirm his support for Article 5.

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