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Senate passes sweeping sanctions bill targeting Iran, Russia

16 Juin 2017

If passed in the House of Representatives and signed into law by Trump, it would put into law sanctions previously established via former President Barack Obama's executive orders, including some on Russian Federation n energy projects.

The bill also includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and other activities not related to the worldwide nuclear agreement reached with the United States and other world powers. 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.

The underlying Iran sanctions bill that Crapo's amendment was attached to may be passed as soon as this week in the chamber. Absent an agreement, the Senate will take another procedural vote on the legislation on Thursday morning.

Earlier, Russian officials told Sputnik that Moscow would not leave the possible expansion of usa sanctions unanswered, adding that they will wait to see if Congress approves the bill and if President Trump signs it into law before formulating their response. He said Tuesday the administration should be supportive of the measure. "The United States of America needs to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin and any other aggressor that we will not tolerate attacks on our democracy". (R-Ariz.) said ahead of Wednesday's vote.

United States intelligence chiefs have concluded that Russian Federation orchestrated a campaign to undermine the American election process that included espionage and cyber-attacks, as a means to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

House and Senate committees are investigating Russia's meddling and potential links to the Trump campaign. For one, new sanctions would be imposed on those linked to "malicious cyber activity" or Russian intelligence or defense services and even for allocating weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. "Now, he's surprised me on a lot of things", Sen.

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Senate Minority Leader (D-N.Y.) also urged support for the deal ahead of the vote, arguing it's as "bipartisan as it gets".

The amendment passed 97-2. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.to reporters on Sunday.

"The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile programme and other activities not related to the global nuclear agreement reached with the United States and other world powers".

Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign has rocked Washington and led to multiple investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

"Everything we say Russia's done wrong?"

Cohn's comments were a clarification of earlier remarks in which he said the president didn't have a position on Russian Federation sanctions.