Russian sanctions bill passes in Senate, moves on to Trump for approval

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Earlier on Thursday, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said Trump could veto the pending legislation in order to push for stronger sanctions against Russian Federation.

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.

Corker and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy were fighting over the North Korean sanctions, after McCarthy added it to the bill before the House passed it, against Corker's wishes.

He told the Interfax news agency the new sanctions are pushing Russian Federation and the U.S.

The bill, which gives Congress new powers to block Trump from easing sanctions against Moscow, passed the Senate 98-2 on Thursday, reports CNN.

"America first can not mean that Europe's interests come last", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

But late Wednesday he said that he sees "a path forward on legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea" following "very productive discussions".

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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.

The Trump administration has objected to this provision in the sanctions bill.

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