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2017-06-28
NATO Invades Neutral Swedish Beach
Polish soldiers pay Sweden an unannounced visit. Blame Russia?

RI Staff
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2017-06-28
Russia-gate Is No Watergate or Iran-Contra

By Robert Parry
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2017-06-28
Blacked-out Volgas & the KGB: A modern Russian 'spy story'

By Bryan MacDonald
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2017-06-27
Afghanistans Lessons for Syria

By Paul R. Pillar
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2017-06-27

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2017-06-27
Oliver Stone's 'The Putin Interviews' (Part I)

By Justin Raimondo
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2017-06-26
From Reagan and Gorbachev to Trump and Putin
Rethink foreign policy relations

By Edward Lozansky
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2017-06-26
Putin Tries to Avoid a Wider War With the US

by MIKE WHITNEY
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2017-06-26
Lavrov slams NATO's geopolitical ambitions

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2017-06-23
Russia-gate Flops as Democrats' Golden Ticket
The national Democrats saw Russia-gate and the drive to impeach President Trump as their golden ticket back to power, but so far the ticket seems to be made of fool's gold

By Robert Parry
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Russia House

2017-06-16

US Senate Votes to Tack on More Russia Sanctions to Iran Bill
More penalties for Americans if they wish to do business with Russians

By Jason Ditz

With only two dissenting voters, Sens. Rand Paul (R KY) and Mike Lee (R UT), the Senate today passed the Crapo Amendment, which imposes a series of new sanctions on Russia over what it claims is aggressive behavior. The legislation also prevents the president from removing any sanctions from Russia without prior Congressional authorization.

The amendment was tacked on to the Countering Irans Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, the latest in a long series of anti-Iran legislation which always passes with little opposition. The Russia amendment was broadly supported as well, with the vote 97-2 in favor, and only one abstention.

The main focus of the Russia sanctions will be its mining industry and metal production, with some sanctions also targeting foreign investors in the Russian energy market. Russia is among the worlds largest energy producers and exporters, providing large portions of the natural gas for Europe.

Debate on the amendment included not only the usual scaremongering about the threat of Russia, but also consistent attacks on President Trump for having willingly met with top Russian officials since taking office, with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D OH) saying that allowing Russian state media at such meetings amounted to hiding from the American people.

"Antiwar.com"