US senators agreed on strengthening sanctions against Russia

US senators agreed on a bill that provides for new sanctions against Russia because of interference in US presidential elections
US senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on a bill that provides for new sanctions against Russia because of interference in the presidential election in 2016, while simultaneously fixing the current sanctions for aggression in Ukraine.

As Radio Liberty reports, representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties from the International Relations Committee and the banking committee agreed with the amendment that will be added to the draft law on sanctions against Iran, which will also impose new sanctions on Russia for human rights violations and arms supplies to the Syrian president’s troops Bashar Assad.

Sanctions related to Russia’s interference in the presidential elections in the US will concern “persons who carry out malicious cyberactivity on behalf of the Russian government.”

The amendment also provides for the application of existing sanctions introduced in accordance with the presidential decree, provided that Congress can consider and potentially block any attempts by the White House to mitigate such sanctions against Russia.

As the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, the new sanctions will send Russia from Washington a “powerful and bipartisan statement.”

It is expected that the amendment will be voted together with the draft law on sanctions against Iran already this week.

Earlier it was reported that the leaders of G7 countries do not exclude additional sanctions against Russia because of its aggressive actions in Ukraine.