Thursday, June 15, 2017

U.S. Senate Passes Additional Sanctions On Russia And Iran. Europe Warns Of A Collapse In Relations

Reuters: U.S. Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran and Russia, and force President Donald Trump to get Congress' approval before easing any existing sanctions on Russia.

The 100-member Senate backed the measure by a margin of 98-2.

Republican Senator Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, were the only two "no" votes.

The bill includes new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and other activities not related to the international nuclear agreement reached with the United States and other world powers.

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WNU Editor: The vote was 98-2. Germany and Austria are condemning these new sanctions as a threat to their economies as well as a collapse in relations .... Germany, Austria Slam US Sanctions Against Russia, Warn Of Collapse In Relations (Zero Hedge).

More News On The U.S. Senate Passing Additional Sanctions On Russia And Iran

Senate Strikes Deal on Russia Sanctions, Stripping Power From Trump -- NBC
Senate overwhelmingly passes new Russia and Iran sanctions -- Washington Post
Senate passes measure to expand sanctions on Iran and Russia -- CBS
Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal -- The Hill
Senate votes to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran -- Politico
US Senate Approves Russia Sanctions -- VOA
Senate passes Russia sanctions bill, pushing back against Trump -- CNN
Senate Votes to Limit Trump's Ability to Lift Russia Sanctions -- Bloomberg


B.Poster said...

When in a hole, the first thing one needs to do is to STOP DIGGING!! With these actions the US government is only digging a deeper hole for itself and for America.

Of course Germany and Austria are condemning this idiotic and mean spirited move on the part of the US government. Germany and Austria need to grow their economies and improve their national security. Sanctions against Russia of any kind let alone expanding the ones already in place that never should have been put in place in the first place are counterproductive to either of those goals.

Eventually the Europeans will have no choice but to lift their sanctions and as the Europeans grow even more frustrated with such stupid policies expect more candidates like Marine Le Pen to arise that will peruse such a policy before Western Europe is forced by necessity to lift their sanctions against Russia.

At that time, the US will be forced to do so as well and will be looking even stupider than it already does, that is assuming the Russians do not decide to take more decisive action sooner. By pursuit of such policies all the US accomplishes is to ensure that the inevitable loss of the US dollar as world reserve currency is a hard landing as opposed to the desired soft landing. Since the loss of the dollar as world reserve currency is inevitable and cannot be prevented, negotiations should begin forthwith the major world powers of especially Russia and China to try and ensure a smooth transition for America and its people. If we have hostile relations with these people, I fail to see how this can be done.

A great place to start would be to recognize Russia as, at a minimum, an equal to the United States, act accordingly, and respect its interests and to cease immediately with the reckless accusations against them. Imposing sanctions on them was a bad idea that placed Americans in even graver danger than they already were, doubling down on bad policy by expanding it is even worse. Still worse is a 98-2 vote in support of such insane and reckless policies!!

Kudos to Senators Sanders and Paul to have the common sense to vote no to such insanity. To bad there are not more US leaders who are able to act as statesmen and place the interests of the United States and its people ahead of needing to behave like impudent children.

Aizino Smith said...

This is pretty much bipartisan, 98 to zip.

Russia must be pissing off people pretty badly.

A Poster was unavailable for comment. Rumor has it he is being held in a North Korean prison.

Aizino Smith said...

A Poster
B Poster

C_Rec = C_record This was for a programming class. There were a_rec, b_rec & c_rec.

C_rec was/is a phonetic joke. You can gin up humor in an otherwise dry class especially you work with hypothetical business cases such as an insurance agency.

After all the c_Rec jokes, when you wrote B_Poster, you walked right into it.