Republicans and Democrats have pushed for more sanctions partly as a response to conclusions by US intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 presidential election campaign to help Trump. "I don't think that's real", Senate foreign relations committee Chairman Bob Corker said of the possibility of Trump vetoing the bill.
He told the Interfax news agency the new sanctions are pushing Russian Federation and the U.S.
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"The administration is supportive of being tough on Russian Federation, particularly in putting these sanctions in place", she said Sunday.
Measures against Iran, which is accused of supporting terrorism, and North Korea following missile tests earlier this year, are also included in the bill. "This bill's going to become law, OK?" "Any equivocation or political games from the Administration after today will be completely unacceptable in the face of such overwhelming bipartisan resolve in the Senate and House", Cardin said. The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-3.
Trump has largely resisted acknowledging the claims of the intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, which Corker said helped to influence the bill.
"The U.S. bill could have unintended unilateral effects that impact the EU's energy security interests", EU Chief Executive Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement Wednesday.
Responding to the new sanctions, the Kremlin described the move as an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-U.S. relations and their further development.