US Senate overwhelmingly backs Russia sanctions

US senators have voted overwhelmingly to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over its alleged interference in last year’s election.

They also agreed, by 97-2, to set up a process by which Congress can block any attempt by President Trump to scale back those sanctions.

The legislation was filed as an amendment to an Iran sanctions bill.

It comes amid concerns that members of Mr Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russia over the election.

President Trump and Moscow have always denied any collusion.

A number of investigations into the allegations have been opened in Washington, including a justice department probe led by former FBI director Robert Mueller.

The new sanctions will target:

Individuals involved in corruption and human rights abuses Anyone supplying weapons to the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad Individuals “conducting malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government” Anyone doing business with Russian intelligence and defence sectors Russia’s…



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