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White House criticises Russia sanctions stalled in House

AP  |  Washington 

The says a new package of economic sanctions on and unacceptably constrains the president's authority.

Democrats complained that the Trump administration was trying to weaken the penalties.

The legislation sailed through the Senate nearly a month ago in response to Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential and its belligerence toward Ukraine. But the bill stalled in the House with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other.

Marc Short, legislative director, says the administration backs the new sanctions on and But he appeared to object to a key part that would give Capitol Hill a much stronger hand in determining sanctions policy.

The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempts to ease or end penalties against Moscow.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 15:22 IST