MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Senate voted 97-2 on Wednesday in favor of an amendment that tacks the new Russia sanctions onto a bill censuring Iran over its ballistic missile program. The Senate must still vote on the amended Iran sanctions bill before passing it on to the House of Representatives and then to President Donald Trump for final approval.
"We know that a new bill appeared in the US Senate about tightening sanctions [against Russia]. By the way, why? Nothing extraordinary is happening at the moment. Why did [they] start talking about these sanctions again, out of the blue?… This is a manifestation of the ongoing internal political struggle in the United States, nevertheless, it is happening I think out of the blue," the president said.
Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations of meddling in the US election.