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US Congressional committee proposes waivers for countries like India from Russian Federation sanctions

US Congressional committee proposes waivers for countries like India from Russian Federation sanctions

This, from a Congress which on a rare good day this year enjoys a 19% approval rating, because the only bipartisan action it appears capable of undertaking is against President Trump's moves to crush the geopolitical order which has driven the US into endless wars.

But leading congressional Republicans and USA energy firms concerned about losing business with Russian Federation have been seeking to put on the brakes.

That's despite Russian President Vladimir Putin saying outright last week, following the leaders' summit in Helsinki, that he wanted Trump to win in 2016.

He has previously boasted that Mr Putin thought he was a "genius" and said "getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing".

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", he wrote on Twitter. But he added "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".

The White House last week said Trump had invited Putin to Washington for a meeting in the fall, a move that was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement Tuesday as Congress struggles to respond to Trump's shifting views on Russian interference in USA elections.

Senators have made clear they want details of what, if anything, Trump and Putin agreed to during that meeting, as well as any commitments made by the two sides in the subsequent meeting between the leaders and their top aides.

A bipartisan measure that would require new sanctions against any foreign nation caught meddling in USA elections got the backing this week of Maine's senior senator, Republican Susan Collins.

Two key senators are joining forces on bipartisan legislation to protect North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and impose new sanctions on Russia after President Donald Trump's recent foreign trip, which included a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Shortly after Trump's appearance with Putin in Helsinki, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued an unusual statement reaffirming his view that Russia's election attacks are already ongoing - something Trump's post on Tuesday did not.

Outside analysts have opined that if Putin and his government simply want chaos or deadlock in the United States, they might shift their efforts in 2018 toward helping Democrats take control of Congress.

At the same time, according to the Agency "Bloomberg", in the US house of representatives, unlike the Senate, believe that the issue of new sanctions against Russian Federation should be treated carefully to avoid unexpected negative consequences for America. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has since sought to argue that the president was only "referring to the claim that his campaign had anything to do with it".

Last Thursday, he and Mr Van Hollen, noting the "urgency of the challenge before our nation", wrote to the chairmen of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees pressing them to hold hearings on the legislation before the start of an early August recess.

Mr Putin said at the summit he would allow the U.S. to interrogate the officials, provided Russian Federation could do the same in America, something Mr Trump called an "interesting idea", to the great concern of senior USA security advisers.

The president made that assertion in a tweet that ignored the evidence presented by his own intelligence services that Russian Federation had intervened in the 2016 election in his behalf.

Recall, July 16, in Helsinki behind closed doors had an official meeting Donald trump and Vladimir Putin.



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