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

Erika Turner
June 20, 2017

Despite Russia's bellicosity, there's been no forceful response from President Donald Trump.

Earlier, Trump has indicated he is skeptical about additional sanctions and has been dismissive about the role of Russian interference in the USA elections. John McCain of Arizona. The Crapo Amendment on Russian Federation mostly was created to prevent the president from removing any sanctions without Congressional permission, but quickly expanded to include large new sanctions against mining and energy production within Russian Federation. Testifying this week on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the need to take action against Russian Federation but warned against measures that would cut off dialogue with Moscow.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson questioned the legislation on Wednesday, urging Congress to ensure that any sanctions package "allows the president to have the flexibility to adjust sanctions to meet the needs of what is always an evolving diplomatic situation".

"I think the bill is a very, very strong signal to Russian Federation, but it does provide the administration the flexibilities they need to conduct business", Corker told reporters.

The bill also includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile programme and other activities not related to the worldwide nuclear agreement reached with the U.S. and other world powers. So the White House would have to reject stricter punishments against Iran, which it favors, in order to derail the parts of the legislation it may object to. Rand Paul (R-KY), and Sen.

Under President Obama, top White House officials warned that sanctions would be risky to the legitimacy of the nuclear deal signed with Iran.

"I'm concerned about it, but I don't really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House", Sen. "I think this is harmful", Putin said, according to RIA.

Crapo is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

The discussions gathered steam late last month after Sen.

Lawmakers advanced the measure just days after it was announced by Banking Chairman Mike Crapo of Idaho and Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee, both of them Republicans belonging to Trump's party, as well as the ranking Democrats on the those panels, Sherrod Brown of OH and Ben Cardin of Maryland. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a separate probe. It codifies the existing sanctions against Russian Federation which were established by Barack Obama's executive orders and imposes new sanctions against Moscow for its interference in the 2016 elections, besides aggression in Ukraine and support for the Syrian government.

The fresh sanctions would also see Russian mining, metals, shipping and railways affected, with the Senate also planning on putting into law some previous sanctions touching Russian energy projects and debt financing.

Under the legislation, new sanctions could be levied on entities engaging in "malicious cyber activity". Republicans in Congress have been reluctant to support a full and thorough - and most importantly, independent - investigation into exactly what happened during the 2016 election.

The US Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions on Russian Federation over alleged election meddling.

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