Democrats fear slowdown of Russia sanctions bill in House

20 Juin, 2017, 17:02 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Senate passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

As reported Корреспондент.netWhite house plans via Republicans in the House of representatives to amend the bill on new sanctions against Russian Federation with the aim of obtaining trump the possibility of their amendment or repeal. He's calling for a vote by the full House without delay.

President Trump's White House is expected to push House Republicans to change the Senate's Russian Federation sanctions bill to make it more friendly to Russian Federation, according to a new report.

"It will slow the process and give the White house time to blur the key efforts of the Kremlin to justice", he said and demanded an immediate vote on the bill.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly has a three-point plan to both improve relations and work with Russian Federation, one of which includes facing global threats posed by the Syrian civil war, the proliferation of North Korea's missile and defense program and a third that could seem odd to some: Cybersecurity and cyber-espionage.

President Trump has previously suggested that he might lift the current sanctions against Russian Federation in order to facilitate a better dialogue between the US and Russian Federation. Lawmakers who backed the legislation have cited Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and its backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine as additional reasons for punishing Moscow.

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By tying Iran and Russian Federation together, Congress has made it more hard for Trump to oppose the action as the president, who has been highly critical of Iran, would have to reject the tougher sanctions against Tehran if it rejected other parts of the legislation.

That is, if President Donald Trump eventually signs the law, which could curb his powers to ease sanctions.

He added that Chancellor Angela Merkel shared the concerns raised by the German and Austrian foreign ministers who charged in a joint statement that the USA measure brings a "completely new, very negative dimension into European-American relations". The Senate conducted this vote while four congressional committees are investigating Russia's election interference and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The FSB is the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

With several major European companies involved in building the new Nord Stream pipeline, they said that "we can't accept the threat of illegal and extraterritorial sanctions against European companies" posed by the Senate bill. In a 100-member Senate, 97 were for the legislation, two Republicans opposed it, while one Democrat abstained.

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