The administration is pushing back against the measure, but a veto-proof majority of senators support it. - From Washington Post
[Trump administration moves to return Russian compounds in Maryland and New York] “This administration has been too eager, far too eager in my mind, to put sanctions relief on the table,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E.
[Trump claims to be victim of ‘witch hunt’ following appointment of special counsel in Russia case] “We would ask for the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue,” Tillerson said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The punitive measures in the legislation are focused on various areas, including the Russian intelligence and defense sectors, parts of its energy sector, and its metals, mining and railways economy.
[Senators strike comprehensive deal to increase Russia sanctions] The measure came about after several rounds of negotiations between the heads of the Banking and Foreign Relations committees, as well as congressional leaders.
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