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FT: U.S. lawmakers unveil bill to give Congress say on Russia sanctions

U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation to require congressional approval for lifting sanctions on Russia, as a scandal over President Donald Trump's former national security advisor's contacts with a Russian ambassador continues to swirl, according to The Financial Times (FT).  

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The bill, introduced by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in both chambers of Congress on Wednesday, would give "Congress the responsibility to review any sanctions relief" before it takes effect, similar to how lawmakers granted themselves the authority to review the nuclear deal with Iran, according to Steny Hoyer, a top-ranking Democrat in the US House of Representatives, the FT reported.

Reuters: White House says Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine"It's a serious matter of national security," said Mr Hoyer, adding that he believed that it would have enough support in both chambers of Congress to override a potential veto by Trump.

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