Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Secretary Of State Urges 'Flexibility' Ahead Of Russia Sanctions Vote


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled the USA could ease off demands that Russian Federation abide by the Minsk agreement to end the conflict in Ukraine, telling lawmakers that the administration doesn't want to be "handcuffed" if Moscow and Kiev can settle their dispute another way.

Tillerson said he accepted the conclusions of the US intelligence community about the interference, and said he has raised the issue directly with Russian officials.

"If they think that we're somehow willing to relax the sanctions on them before they've complied with the Minsk framework and left Crimea, I think it just will encourage Putin to continue his bullying", Engel said.

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"We have to target the areas where we see the greatest risk and the greatest opportunity to achieve some success, but also engage other countries in multilateral approaches", Tillerson told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing yesterday.

In talks with the Palestinians about renewing peace talks, President Trump and USA officials have pressed for a change. The Obama administration previously presented the U.S.as an advocate for Ukraine's sovereignty and demanded that Russian Federation cease its occupation of Crimea as well as its support for armed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

"Senators dismissed United States President Donald Trump's proposed cuts to foreign assistance in two hearings on Tuesday, with members from both parties promising to not use the White House proposals as a guide in 2018 appropriations for aid".

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But Tillerson said he was involved in writing the President's Rose Garden statement on Qatar "to reflect the strong message he wanted to send", and insisted, "there is no daylight between he and I".

He also said he anxious about tying USA sanctions to Minsk, as the Trump and Obama administrations have said they would. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., of the Foreign Relations panel.

The senators seek to strengthen include those imposed over Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and to discuss further sanctions for suspected Russian interference in the USA election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a separate probe. And, penalties would be slapped on those responsible for malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, said the Senate has finally confronted Russian Federation. The legislation would also give Congress the power to review and potentially block President Trump from easing or lifting Russian Federation sanctions, including penalties imposed by President Obama at the end of previous year. That measure reflected Republican complaints that Obama had overstepped the power of the presidency and needed to be checked by Congress.

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