Democrats fear slowdown of Russia sanctions bill in House

The measure won 98 votes in the Senate last week.

"Such US measures as stepping up sanctions, violation of the JCPOA and labeling the IRGC as terrorist would steel our resolve for the battle against the Great Satan (US)", Jazayeri underscored.

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran and Russian Federation.

Proponents of Senate-passed legislation to hit Russian Federation with economic sanctions and limit the president's authority to lift the penalties fear the Trump administration may seek to dilute the bill and are urging the House to act quickly. It also applies terrorism sanctions to the IRGC and enforces an arms embargo.

European Union foreign ministers said in a statement Monday that the 28-nation bloc "remains committed to fully implement its non-recognition policy" of Russia's seizure of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

McCain has been pushing for hitting Moscow with additional sanctions ever since US intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow ordered a hidden campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The White House is concerned that the new sanctions are a hurdle to Trump's attempts at getting Moscow to cooperate with Washington on several fronts, Politico reported Saturday, citing a senior administration official.

If the House of representatives to change the bill and take it in a new form, it will have to harmonize the text with the Senate. This will include both maintaining existing sanctions and imposing additional ones in response to Russia's illegal activities.

Bennett said Trump wanted to de-escalate tensions with Russian Federation and that did not go well with the interests of those who benefited from "constant military tensions".

The Obama administration struck back at Moscow in late December with a series of penalties aimed at Russia's leading spy agencies, the GRU and FSB, that the US said were involved. The FSB is the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

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