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Russia-US Thaw at Risk if Senate Gets Veto Power on Lifting Sanctions on Russia

Sputnik News

16:33 08.02.2017(updated 16:48 08.02.2017)

The US Senate's veto power on lifting anti-Russia sanctions by the US presidential administration would impede normalization of relations between the two countries, Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian upper house of parliament, told Sputnik Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Tuesday, media reported that a group of US senators intended to introduce a legislation allowing a congressional review of a White House request to lift anti-Russian sanctions and giving Congress the veto power in case US President Donald Trump unilaterally takes such a decision.

According to CNN, the Russia Review Act would urge the Trump administration to submit to Congress a detailed report, explaining the reasons for sanctions lifting. It would also introduce a 120-day review period, granting the Congress final approval authority.

The initiative is led by Lindsey Graham and Ben Cardin, and supported by John McCain, Marco Rubio, Claire McCaskill, Sherrod Brown.

"Another line of red flags around the US administration headed by Donald Trump would not add anything positive to the deplorable state of Russia-US relations. It will complicate their further normalization which we, of course, expect and rely on," Kosachev said.

The Russian senator noted that "the authors of this project are five most anti-Russian senators… for whom a a change of the US stance on Russia would have been a personal failure and maybe even a collapse of their carrers."

"I see not only lack of care about their [the US] country and the global security in this initiative, but also selfish political interests [of US senators], the implementation of their own political approaches regardless of current US interests and of the gains from the Russia-US ties' normalization."

During the presidential race, as well as after his victory in the vote on January 20, Trump has repeatedly stressed the necessity to mend ties with Russia and cooperate with Moscow on a number of international issues, including the fight against terrorism.


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