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U.S. Congress urges Trump to speed up work on sanctions against Russia

Politicians condemned uncertainty of the timing regarding the introduction of a new package of sanctions
20:43, 10 November 2018

AFP

The United States Congress urges the American administration, and, in particular, President Donald Trump to speed up the work on sanctions against Russia, imposed for a chemical attack in Salisbury in England, Voice of America reports.

Thus, the head of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Republican Party, Ed Royce, condemned the uncertainty of the timing regarding the introduction of a new package of sanctions.

'It’s unacceptable that the administration lacks a plan, or even a time frame for action in the second phase of mandatory sanctions,' Royce said. 

Member of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Bob Menendez, also called on President Trump to introduce a second phase of sanctions, especially given the plans for holding a meeting between Trump and Putin.

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'As the likelihood of a meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin is growing, I strongly urge the President to introduce a second round of sanctions for Russia's use of chemical weapons,' said Menendez.

He noted that the Trump administration informed Congress that it had established that Russia had not stopped using chemical and biological weapons within the 90 days provided for in the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control Act.

'Now is the time to act. In order to be serious about bringing Russia to justice, the administration must comply with the law and quickly introduce a second round of sanctions in order to effectively deter the use of chemical weapons by the Kremlin,' the senator said.

Earlier, the US Treasury expanded sanctions against the Russian Federation, adding three individuals and nine companies to the list. Besides, previously, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a decree toughening sanctions against the Russian Federation because of the aggression against Ukraine.

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