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As penalty for 'election-meddling', US Senate approves new Russian Federation sanctions

25 June 2017
As penalty for 'election-meddling', US Senate approves new Russian Federation sanctions

The agreement, to be filed as an amendment to an Iran sanctions bill, is meant to punish Russian Federation over issues including its alleged meddling in the 2016 United States election, annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and support for the government of Syria. 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.

Attempts to sanction Russian Federation for interfering in the election had stalled in Congress but gained momentum last week as the Senate began considering a separate bill to impose broader sanctions on Iran.

The new sanctions were proposed as a response to Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The legislation would have to pass the House of Representatives and be signed into law by President Trump.

SC senator Lindsey Graham has predicted that Trump would ultimately sign the bill - but warned that if he did not, Congress would override his veto. 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.

On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly backed a bill that would impose additional sanctions on Iran and Russian Federation. 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. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen.

The White House is seeking to influence some GOP House members to ease up on the Senate-passed Russian Federation sanctions, hoping that the lower chamber will provide "administration-friendly" changes, according to Politico.

"I'm concerned about it, but I don't really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House", Sen.

The power would allow congress to strengthen those sanctions in retaliation for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election and its actions in Syria.

The amendment was negotiated by Senate leaders from both parties on the foreign and banking committees amid intense scrutiny of Russia's role in the United States presidential election.

Sanctions are authorized on Russia's mining and shipping sectors as well, and the government is required to study the US economy's exposure to Russian state-owned enterprises. Those sanctions sought to punish Russian Federation for hacking that targeted the Democratic National Committee and state voting databases.