July 25, 2017

New congressional sanctions tie Trump’s hands on cooperation with Russia

By Peter Harrell, and Edward Fishman

Source: Al-Monitor

Journalist(s) Laura Rozen

New sanctions legislation overwhelmingly passed by the House today would constrain President Donald Trump’s ability to offer Russia sanctions relief for cooperation on Syria and other hotspots. But the bill is focused more on Russian actions in Ukraine and interference in the 2016 presidential election, former US government sanctions officials said, and less directly on Russian actions in Syria, where the two countries have increased cooperation in recent weeks on a cease-fire deal.

The White House said Tuesday that it was reviewing the legislation. "While the President supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the President’s desk," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Read the full article in Al-Monitor.

  • Peter Harrell

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Peter Harrell is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he focuses on the intersection of economics and national security. Research interest...

  • Edward Fishman

    Next Generation National Security Fellow, 2016, Department of State

    Edward Fishman is a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he covers a range of issues related to Europe and Eurasia and leads the staff’s work on eco...