dglobalnews.com Putin: New sanctions will 'complicate' Russia-US ties
Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

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

The bill would also impose sanctions on Iran with regard to its ballistic missile activities that are not linked to the nuclear agreement the Arab country signed with the USA and other countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 16, 2017.

The Senate bill imposes mandatory sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

The decisive bipartisan vote could put the Trump administration in a bind. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to push back at the legislation Wednesday at a House hearing. Yet those penalties are melded with the Iran punishments. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

The bill establishes a review process for Congress to have a say whether the White House eases Russian Federation sanctions.

In a almost unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved new sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation that also limit President Donald Trump's administration from weakening existing sanctions against Moscow. That measure reflected Republican complaints that Obama had overstepped the power of the presidency and needed to be checked by Congress.

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"I think the bill is a very, very strong signal to Russian Federation", he said, having played a role in drafting its wording, "but it does provide the administration the flexibilities they need to conduct business".

"We must not allow this kind of interference in our elections become a normal process", said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. "Pretty good rate of return". Senators say the legislation won't undermine the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. In a series of tweets, Kerry urged lawmakers to "tread carefully" in pushing ahead with new Iran sanctions in the wake of President Hassan Rouhani's re-election to another four-year term.

Yet Trump hasn't sought to rebuke Moscow. It also establishes new sanctions against those conducting cyberattacks on behalf of the Russian government as well as supplying arms to Syrian President Bashar Assad, and it allows for sanctions to hit Russia's mining, metals, shipping and railways sectors. The bill also included a suite of sanctions against Iran.

So far, at least, that has been a bet worth taking for the White House, though the new penalties against Russian Federation are also built into a bill that gives Trump something he wants: new sanctions on Iran - so that raises the stakes for the president should he threaten a veto.

According to Politico, a senior administration official stated that the "White House is concerned that the legislation would tie its hands on U.S. -Russia relations".

The penalties have been criticised by Austria and Germany for promoting U.S. economic interests. They blocked USA companies such as Exxon Mobil, where Tillerson was chairman, from investing in such projects. The two dissenting votes were Sen.

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