Tillerson warns against steps that cut off talks with Russia

The measure also gives Congress 30 days to review or potentially block Trump in case he decides to lift or ease the sanctions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly said on Monday that negotiators in Congress were working to "craft much-needed additional sanctions on Russian Federation".

Eight nominations were announced yesterday: "About three months after President Donald Trump abruptly fired about half of the nation's USA attorneys, the White House has formally announced replacements for some of the vacancies he created".

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.

The legislation is backed by both Republicans and Democrats, and is expected to easily pass the Senate.

Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on foreign relations, expressed confidence Monday that Trump would sign off on it.

He added that the language "definitely" includes congressional review, which would give Congress oversight over the lifting of sanctions, but Corker didn't specify if it includes new sanctions on Moscow. Codifying in law existing sanctions imposed by executive order is another way of depriving Trump of discretion.


Authorize robust assistance to strengthen democratic institutions and counter disinformation across Central and Eastern European countries that are vulnerable to Russian aggression and interference. It is unclear whether the U.S. House of Representatives will include Russian sanctions in their version of the Iran bill.

When asked whether the White House was on board with the measure, Corker hesitated, noting: "I have to believe that the administration has to at least strongly consider supporting this". He added that Trump has surprised him on several issues.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately praised the deal, urging the House to also pass it quickly.

On Monday, Senate leaders reached a consensus to roll out more sanctions on #Russia and make it very tough for the President to override.

Schumer said in a statement that the new measure will "send a powerful and bipartisan statement to Russian Federation and any other country who might try to interfere in our elections that they will be punished".

The agreement negotiated by Foreign Relations and Banking Committee leaders in both parties, with the involvement of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), allows both parties to claim a measure of victory - delivering a legislative win for McConnell while fulfilling the three basic goals Schumer had outlined for a Russian Federation sanctions measure.

They also take aim at individuals supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.


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