Senate Votes 98-2 to Impose New Sanctions on Iran, Russia


The review mechanism was styled after 2015 legislation pushed by Republicans and approved overwhelmingly in the Senate that gave Congress a vote on whether President Barack Obama could lift sanctions against Iran. Brown also said the veto-proof vote on the sanctions package should send a strong signal to the White House. The sanctions are in response to the violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, cyber-attacks and interference in elections and continuing aggression in Syria.

The bipartisan support for the year's most significant GOP-backed limitation on Trump comes as the White House remains silent on the plan to sanction Moscow, even as President Putin pushes back at US intelligence officials' conclusion that Russian actors conducted cyberattacks to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

The only two "no" votes on the Russian Federation bill were from Republican Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul.

"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.

The measure has been attached to a bill imposing penalties on Iran that the Senate is now debating and also has strong support.

The US Senate in Congress has voted almost unanimously to impose new sanctions against Iran and Russian Federation, setting up a possible confrontation with the administration of President Donald Trump as it attempts to improve relations with Moscow, PressTV reported.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told CNN that "we moved to make the Congress, not the President, the final arbiter of sanctions relief when necessary".

The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and other activities not related to the global nuclear agreement reached with the United States and other world powers.

But administration officials have appeared more cautious about stifling the Kremlin with tough rhetoric and sanctions.

"I'm concerned about it, but I don't really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House", Virginia Sen. "The Crapo-Brown-Corker-Cardin bill will result in some very powerful, new sanctions against Russian Federation". It would also allow new sanctions on state-owned entities of the Russian economy, including mining, metal, shipping and railways.

"These additional sanctions will also 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 measure also requires Congress to review any effort by the Trump administration to loosen sanctions on Russian Federation.