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Why the U.S. Will Keep Russian Sanctions on Simmer, Not Boil

MIN READAug 27, 2018 | 10:00 GMT

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and an aide walk toward the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 12, 2018.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and an aide walk toward the Senate chamber in the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 12, 2018. A bipartisan group of senators is planning to ramp up the sanctions against Russia, but Washington is unlikely to go to extremes in pressuring Moscow.

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The standoff between the United States and Russia shows no signs of abating, and nowhere is the discord more apparent than in Washington's use of sanctions against Moscow. Washington expanded its sanctions against Moscow on Aug. 27 by banning the export to Russia of sensitive national security-related goods, including calibration equipment and gas turbine engines. But hot on the heels of the present sanctions is another bill, the Defending American Security From Kremlin Aggression Act, that could challenge Russia. But the senators might not succeed in passing their bill to the fullest extent, as some of their congressional colleagues have expressed concern that the new sanctions could go too far in punishing the Russian economy -- and even affect the wider world. But regardless of the ultimate degree of U.S. actions, Washington is unlikely to forego sanctions as a weapon in its relations with the Kremlin....

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