US Senate votes in favour of new Russia sanctions

The US Senate has passed an amendment to an Iran sanctions bill that would, if approved by the House and signed by President Trump, introduce a range of new sanctions on Russia and restrict the US President’s ability to ease sanctions on Russia without Congressional approval.

The amendment, which enjoys bipartisan support, would expand existing sanctions on Russian people involved in human rights abuses, impose new sanctions on people conducting cyberattacks on behalf of the Russian government, supplying weapons to Syria’s government or deemed to have interfered in the 2016 US elections, and consolidate sanctions on Russia’s energy and financial sectors currently imposed by executive order.  The amendment would also allow for new sanctions on certain areas of Russia’s commodities and transport sectors and includes new measures targeting Russian and overseas entities supporting Russian “gas export pipelines” including the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to the EU.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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