US Senate passes bill toughening anti-Russia sanctions

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PV International Desk : The US Senate has passed the bill toughening the country’s unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. Senators voted 98-2 on the bill on Thursday.

Since it has passed through both chambers, the document titled “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” will be sent to President Donald Trump. The White House has recently signaled that Trump favors toughening of restrictions against the three countries, though he will take a decision after revising the final version of the draft law.

Initially, the new package of sanctions against Iran and North Korea was developed separately, but eventually they were put into one document with anti-Russia restrictions.

The US bill contains restrictive measures against Russia taken by the previous Barack Obama administration on the basis of executive orders – the sanctions introduced on March 6 and December 18, 2014, on April 1, 2015 and on July 26 and December 29, 2016.