The measure would require a green light from Congress in the event sanctions on Russian Federation are relaxed, suspended or terminated.
Trump was especially effusive about Russian president Vladimir Putin during the 2016 USA election campaign, though his openness to closer ties to Moscow has tempered somewhat, with his administration on the defensive over investigations into Russian meddling in the election.
The anti-Iran sanctions come following two sets of sanctions that were rolled out in February and May by the US Treasury Department over Iran’s missile program.
The decisive bipartisan vote could put the Trump administration in a bind.
Despite the overwhelming vote, the Russian Federation sanctions package was no sure thing.
The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives. The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end penalties against Moscow.
The Senate was almost unanimous on Thursday passing a bill that would slap Russian Federation with new sanctions and give Congress the power to review any White House attempts to roll them back. That measure reflected Republican complaints that Obama had overstepped the power of the presidency and needed to be checked by Congress. “But I believe that these new sanctions could endanger the very important nuclear agreement that was signed between the United States, its partners and Iran in 2015”.
Flynn had been misleading about his phone conversations late last December that reportedly included talks with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, just as then-president Barack Obama was ordering new sanctions on Russia over its alleged election meddling. “Pretty good rate of return”. Lawmakers of both parties stressed the measures in no way target Iran’s nuclear program or the landmark global nuclear accord with Tehran.
Trump has been a staunch supporter of improving relations with the United States’ former Cold War foe. 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.
The House has yet to take up the measure, which is an amendment to a bill that tightens sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests.
Additionally, the legislation imposes terrorism-related sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an arm of the regime tasked with exporting its terrorist ideology.
The Russian leader said it was too early to speak about a possible response.
Yet Trump hasn’t sought to rebuke Moscow.
The bill provides for a legal level of sanctions imposed by the decrees of the former President of the United States Barack Obama in connection with the conflict in the Donbas and the annexation of Crimea by Russian Federation.
The bill as originally introduced was exclusively about slapping new sanctions on Iran.
The penalties have been criticized by Austria and Germany for promoting USA economic interests.
“We do project ourselves strongly into this issue, Congress does, the Senate does, but we also left flexibilities for them to be able to manage foreign policy”, he said.