In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill meant to enforce more strict sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, and limit President Trump's ability to ease those sanctions.
"Overwhelmingly, we say Russia's behavior is unacceptable in many, many ways".
Russian Federation has prepared "economic and political measures that will be adopted if the senate and Trump support the bill", said Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairman of the global affairs committee in the upper house, the RIA Novosti news service reported.
House majority leader Kevin McCarthy and House Foreign Affairs chairman Ed Royce put up stiff opposition to removing the provisions.
The Trump administration has tried to weaken the bill, but failed in its attempts to do so.
The package includes sanctions that passed the House in May to choke off money flows to North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
It is expected to be passed by the Senate, after which US President Donald Trump will face the tricky choice of whether to veto the legislation.
Members backed the measure by a margin of 419-3, with support from both Republicans and Democrats.
"Legislation that passed the House today will heighten sanctions against individuals from Iran, North Korea and Russian Federation who are involved in these destabilizing and hostile actions". A spokesman for John Cornyn, the no. 2 Republican, said on Tuesday there had been no decision on when the Senate might begin to consider the House bill.
"In addition to Russian Federation sanction, Rep. Budd's bill to establish a comprehensive strategy to combat the financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance was also included in the sanction bill".
Putin noted the sanctions against Russian Federation are illegal from the point of view of worldwide law and World Trade Organization norms.
- Volkswagen shrugs off cartel allegations
- Foxconn to build $10B plant in Wisconsin
- Brownback Could Be Taking Ambassadorship
- Muslims to return to Jerusalem shrine after Israel removes security measures
- Jordan's King: Netanyahu Exploited Israeli Embassy Shooting for Political Gain
- Barcelona assertive of signing Coutinho from Liverpool
- Trump Compares Himself To Abraham Lincoln
- Cornyn confident as Senate heads toward long-delayed health care vote
- 3 Takeaways From Quarterly Earnings Report — Twitter Stock Price
- Who is Jeff Bezos?