- The Washington Times - Monday, June 12, 2017

Senators struck a deal Monday night on a new round of Russian sanctions, moving to punish the resurgent Cold War enemy for fostering unrest in European neighbors and meddling in the U.S. election last year.

Top Democrats and Republicans announced the deal as an attachment to an Iran sanctions bill already under consideration. The Senate will hold the first test vote on the Russia policy Wednesday.

According to the details released by lawmakers, the new legislation would write into law sanctions that were imposed by executive order under the Obama administration, and would give Congress a say should the Trump administration try to lift current penalties.

The bill would permit President Trump to impose new sanctions on Russia’s mining and shipping sectors.

“We are ensuring that the United States continues to punish President Putin for his reckless and destabilizing actions,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. “These additional sanctions will also send a powerful and bipartisan statement to Russia and any other country who might try to interfere in our elections that they will be punished.”

Democrats had insisted that any Iran sanctions be coupled with Russia penalties.

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