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US Senate admits possibility of additional sanctions against Russia
11:35, 9 April 2017
US Senate admits possibility of additional sanctions against Russia

The proposal requires bipartisan support

11:35, 9 April 2017

Associated Press

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, announced that he does not exclude new sanctions against Russia if the proposal gets bipartisan support. This was reported by the Voice of America.

"If administration thinks that additional sanctions are needed, and we have bipartisan support, I do not exclude such possibility," McConnell said.

He added that he wanted to speak with the Head of International Relations Committee about additional sanctions against Russia due to its support of Syrian regime.

As The Hill writes, bipartisan group of senators, including the Head of Committee on Armed Forces John McCain and high officials of International Relations Committee, proposed new sanctions on Russian Federation at the beginning of the year. Although the draft law has already got the support of 19 lawmakers, it was not considered by the International Relations Committee yet.

Meanwhile, Senators are discussing how to react to Russia’s intervention in presidential election in 2016, continued hostile actions by Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine and support of Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.

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