Congressional Leaders Agree on Russia Sanctions, Kremlin Gives it a Thumbs Down

  • Congressional leaders have defied White House’s argument that President Donald Trump needs flexibility of adjusting sanctions on Russia for fitting his diplomatic initiatives with Moscow. The House agreed on voting next week (Tuesday, as per a schedule circulated by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy) on an extended bill that proposes sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran. If the bill is passed by two-thirds majority, it will have enough support for avoiding presidential veto. Majority of Republican Senators are reportedly reluctant to take on President Trump on the issue.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media that they are seeing the agreement “quite negatively”.

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