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U.S. Congressional Sanctions Carry Consequences Beyond Russia

MIN READJul 25, 2017 | 23:23 GMT

Sanctions legislation in Congress not only could increase tensions with Moscow and block President Donald Trump from easing or lifting sanctions against Russia, but the package also could complicate relations with some European allies.

Sanctions legislation in Congress not only could increase tensions with Moscow and block President Donald Trump from easing or lifting sanctions against Russia, but the package also could complicate relations with some European allies.

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on July 25 that would place new sanctions on Russia and also put a check on President Donald Trump's ability to remove sanctions that are already in place. The 419-3 vote in the House came three days after congressional leaders reached an agreement on the heavily debated bill, which includes sanctions language on North Korea and Iran as well. The compromise sanctions package now moves to the Senate, where a previous version passed overwhelmingly in June....

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