U.S. Congress votes to strip Russia of ‘most favored’ commerce standing, ban its oil By Reuters

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By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Congress voted to impose additional financial ache on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, passing one measure to take away its “most favored nation” commerce standing and one other to ban oil imports.

The Senate voted 100-0 in favor of the measure eradicating Everlasting Regular Commerce Relations (PNTR) standing for each Russia and its shut ally Belarus. Shortly afterward, it backed the vitality measure, additionally by a 100-0 tally.

Senate approval despatched the laws to the Home of Representatives, which shortly handed the commerce measure by 420 to three, and the vitality laws by 413 to 9.

President Joe Biden helps the measures and can signal them into regulation, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki instructed reporters.

The commerce invoice clears the way in which for Biden’s administration to boost tariffs on imports from Russia and Belarus. The vitality measure places into regulation Biden’s earlier government order banning imports of Russian oil, and coal.

“This bundle is about bringing each device of financial strain to bear on (Russian President) Vladimir Putin and his oligarch cronies. Putin’s Russia doesn’t should be part of the financial order that has existed for the reason that finish of World Conflict Two,” Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, mentioned in a press release.

The Home handed each payments earlier this yr, however they stalled within the Senate as Republicans and Democrats argued over when to vote on the vitality measure and wording of a provision within the commerce invoice reauthorizing the Magnitsky Act, which permits sanctions over human rights violations.

U.S. regulation mandates that Congress should approve the change in Russia and Belarus’ commerce standing.

Underneath a compromise cast late on Wednesday senators agreed to think about each the commerce measure and the vitality invoice. The Home needed to approve amendments to each measures due to technical adjustments made within the Senate.

Russia calls the assault on Ukraine a “particular navy operation.”

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