US News US Senate approves sanctions against Russia over 2016 election

02:45  15 june  2017
02:45  15 june  2017 Source:   Press Association

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The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve new sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for meddling in the 2016 election and its aggression in other parts of the world. The chamber passed the bipartisan sanctions legislation 97-2.

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve new sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for meddling in the 2016 election and its aggression in other parts of the world.

Donald Trump: Lawmakers are taking action against Russia in the absence of a forceful response from President Donald Trump (Andrew Harnik/AP) © Provided by The Press Association Lawmakers are taking action against Russia in the absence of a forceful response from President Donald Trump (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve new sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for meddling in the 2016 election and its aggression in other parts of the world.

The chamber passed the bipartisan sanctions legislation 97-2.

The measure has been attached to a bill imposing penalties on Iran that the Senate is currently debating and also has strong support.

Donald Trump © Provided by The Press Association Donald Trump

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Lawmakers are taking action against Russia in the absence of a forceful response from President Donald Trump.

The president has sought to improve relations with Moscow and rejected the implication that Russian hacking of Democratic emails tipped the election his way.

But Mr Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, says he agrees with members of Congress who want Russia held accountable for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump notes 'election meddling by Russia' in tweet criticizing Obama .
President Trump late Friday appeared to acknowledge Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election while seizing on a new report to criticize his predecessor. Trump mentioned "election meddling by Russia" in a tweet slamming former President Barack Obama's administration for doing "nothing" about Russia's interference before the election.Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?- Donald J.

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