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US House passes bill imposing new sancations against Russia

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The US House of Representatives passed a bill today that imposes new sanctions against Russia, and also require US President Trump to get permission from Congress before lifting or easing any existing sanctions. The bill also included economic penalties against Iran and North Korea. Lawmakers are seeking to punish Russia over a host of issues including its alleged “meddling in the 2016 presidential election,” its support to the Syrian government, alleged support to the rebels in Ukraine, and Crimea’s accession to Russia.

The sanctions target Russia’s energy sector, individuals accused of cyberattacks by US intelligence agencies, companies supplying weapons to the Syrian army, and other entities. If he wanted to reverse any or all of the sanctions, Trump/Administration would have to provide evidence and justify their decision. Despite expressing doubts about any Russian interference in the election, President Trump intends to sign the legislation, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

“If Trump signs the sanctions bill, he will not calm down his enemies – they desire his impeachment. But he will inflict double damage – to relations with Russia and the European Union at the same time,” Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov said.

Published by: The War Files

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