The head of the Senate foreign relations Committee Bob Corker and the leader of the democratic minority in the Committee Ben Cardin agreed to take further measures to counter Russian influence in Eastern Europe, however, not to impose additional sanctions against Moscow, according to Politico.
Originally an initiative of the bill, which provides for new restrictions against Russia, in January made it Cardin. His allies were including members of the Republican party — John McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsay Graham. Now, however, Cardin agreed to delete the paragraph on sanctions from the bill, which calls for the adoption of new measures to reduce Russian influence in Eastern Europe.
While Corker and Cardin agreed to discuss a package of sanctions against Iran, which they intend to submit for consideration of the Senate before the end of this session.
The proposed Cardin bill proposed to punish Russia for alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election. But Corker was against such statement of a question, indicating that the Senate Committee on security must first complete their investigation.
His disappointment with the agreement of the Corker with Cardin has expressed the former candidate for presidents of the USA Marco Rubio. “I think it is always good to accept new sanctions against Russia for what it did,” he said.
In early January, Cardin said that the new sanctions had to touch Russia’s energy sector, as well as those who were involved in the privatization of the assets from Russia.
Commenting on these plans, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the new restrictions could harm the global economy.
“Of course, I hope that common sense will prevail and still be able to get out of the peak of the sanctions rhetoric,” — said Peskov.