Proposed US Waiver To Help Protect India From Sanctions Over Russia

Proposed US Waiver To Help Protect India From Sanctions Over Russia

Proposed US Waiver To Help Protect India From Sanctions Over Russia

The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet this year, a surprising reversal that came amid mounting pressure from fellow Republicans on his handling of Russia.

Trump also insisted that he simply misspoke when he stated at a press conference with Putin in Helsinki that he didn't believe Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 race.

A pair of prominent Republican US senators said yesterday that the United States must move promptly to prepare new sanctions against Russian Federation to discourage interference in upcoming elections.

Seated side by side at a summit held by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) both cast Trump's appearance in Helsinki as a major setback in the fight against Russian interference in elections around the world.

The US President backed up his eyebrow-raising statement by insisting "no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me" and "they definitely don't want Trump!"

Nisha Biswal, president of the U.S. -India Business Council (USIBC), said the U.S. move would help protect its strategic relationship with India.

"We will be introducing comprehensive legislation in the coming days to ensure the imposition of mandatory sanctions under CAATSA while levying additional sanctions to ensure the maximum impact the Kremlin's campaign against our democracy and the rules-based worldwide order", the statement said adding that the bill will include sanctions on the Russian sovereign debt. He states often that Russian meddling in USA elections is fake news. At the G-7 summit in June, he reportedly remarked that Crimea should belong to Russia because "everyone there speaks Russian" (besides advocating Russia's re-inclusion into the G-7), whereas in early July, the White House issued a statement announcing that the Crimea sanctions against Russia will continue until Crimea was restituted to Ukraine. "I want to make that perfectly clear".

Trump gave more credence to Putin’s denials of any Russian meddling than to findings of his own intelligence agencies
Trump gave more credence to Putin’s denials of any Russian meddling than to findings of his own intelligence agencies

Unlike the existing version of the act, the proposed modified waiver requires presidential certifications created to protect U.S. alliances, military operations, and sensitive technology, said a statement issued by the Senate Armed Services Committee after the two committees announced details of the conference report.

A US Congressional committee today proposed waivers for countries like India from punitive sanctions against those doing business with Russia's defence industry.

President Donald Trump give the thumbs-up as he and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

If Helsinki has further aggravated anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S., inviting Putin to the United States could carry risks.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that Putin will not be invited to address Congress because "that is something we reserve for allies". Perhaps to get ready to interfere in future elections, Collins guessed.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer declared on Monday that new Russian Federation sanctions legislation was "stuck in the mud", as he accused Republicans of being "unwilling, maybe afraid" to push back against Trump.


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