"Senator Corker deserves great credit for crafting legislation that will impose tougher sanctions on Iran-which remains a threat to our national security, Middle East stability, and to Israel, one of our strongest allies-and expands sanctions against Russian Federation, particularly those individuals who tried to obstruct our presidential elections with cyberattacks", Senator Alexander said.
Amid an investigation into whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russian officials to swing the 2016 election, the Senate has passed a measure that would increase sanctions on Russia and require Trump to obtain congressional approval before easing existing sanctions on the country. The Trump administration had considered lifting Russian sanctions in the past, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opposed the new legislation, worrying it could hurt the US' ability to have a "constructive dialogue" with Russia. Tillerson had asked for some time to try and change the direction of U.S. -Russia relations before Congress levied new sanctions on the Kremlin.
The bill as originally introduced was exclusively about slapping new sanctions on Iran.
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve sanctions against Russian Federation for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.
The new Iran restrictions, which impose mandatory sanctions on people involved with the Islamic republic's ballistic missile program and those that transact with them. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said of the new legislation, according toReuters.
The White House didn't mention the Iran sanctions part of the bill, but did appear to be down on the Russian Federation portion, saying they believe that the existing slew of anti-Russia sanctions are already plenty.
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