Putin: New sanctions will 'complicate' Russia-US ties

US intelligence chiefs have concluded that Russian Federation orchestrated a campaign to undermine the American election process that included espionage and cyber-attacks, as a means to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

In a move that could complicate US President Donald Trump's desire for warmer relations with Moscow, the Senate backed the measure by 98-2.

The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and "continued support for terrorism". News reports the sanctions target Russian individuals who give weapons to the Assad regime, violate human rights, or are involved in the defense and intelligence industries.

European allies, Germany and Austria, expressed concern for the impact the Russia sanctions could have on Russian natural gas supplies with Europe.

Both sides of the aisle came together in the Senate on Thursday to overwhelmingly pass legislation that puts new sanctions on Russian Federation while limiting President Trump's ability to remove them, the Hill reports.

The bill must now pass in the House of Representatives and be signed by President Trump before being enacted.

"I'm concerned about it, but I don't really have the ability to dictate what the White House says to the House", Sen. It also creates a congressional review process if the executive branch eases current sanctions. House aides said they expected the lower chamber in Congress to begin debating the measure in the coming weeks, although they could not predict when it might face a final vote.

On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the US further sanctions would damage relations, though stopped short of saying how the Russian government would respond in kind.

That's a realistic threat, despite confidence from Israeli lobbyists that it would not, as the bill was largely an attempt to sneak sanctions the United States was obliged to lift from Iran as part of the nuclear deal back in as part of punishing Iran for "non-nuclear" actions, and those leading the charge were opponents of the P5+1 deal in the first place. Republicans and Democrats have said they doubt Trump would veto the bill.

Previously, US energy sanctions had only targeted Russia's future high-tech energy projects, such as drilling for oil in the Arctic, fracking and offshore drilling. The libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only other "no" vote against the bill.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the author of the bill, told reporters he hoped President Donald Trump would "acknowledge" the near-unanimous support among senators for tougher actions against Iran and Russian Federation. While keeping those sanctions in place, the amendment expands sanctions to Russia's all-important energy sector, including its railways and mining operations. When this bill comes to the president's desk, he should sign it, and join the consensus against Putin's regime.

The bill was now heading toward the House for passage before reaching U.S. President Donald Trump's desk.