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US Senate near-unanimously voted on Iran, Russia sanctions


St. Basils Cathedral in Red Square, central Moscow
St. Basils Cathedral in Red Square, central Moscow

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 - The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Iran and Russia.
The Senate backed the measure, which imposes sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea, by a margin of 98-2 with strong support from Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats. The bill will now be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.
The bill is the first major foreign policy legislation approved by Congress under Trump, who has struggled to advance his domestic agenda despite Republicans controlling the Senate and House of Representatives.
If Trump chooses to veto it, the bill is expected to garner enough support in both chambers to override his veto and pass it into law.
The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a 419-3.
Speaking just before the Senate passed the bill, Republican Senator John McCain, a leading congressional voice calling for a firm line against Russia said: "The United States of America needs to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin and any other aggressor that we will not tolerate attacks on our democracy."


Source: Extracted from a Reuters report