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It would codify in law the sanctions imposed by executive decree by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, especially against the Russian energy industry.- 'Strong' legislation -And it would impose new sanctions on 'corrupt Russian actors,' those implicated in serious human rights abuses or who supply weapons to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, and people who conduct 'malicious cyber activity' on behalf of the Russian state.'This is a very, very strong piece of legislation,' Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said on the Senate floor.Corker, too, sounded pleased that the bill effectively ties a president's hands when it comes to unwinding certain sanctions on Russia.'Today the United States Senate is asserting its responsibilities' regarding foreign policy, he added.Experts have dismissed Russia’s claim that a rebel chemical weapons facility caused the deaths.Britain, the US and France accused Mr Assad’s regime of gassing civilians in the opposition-held town, but Damascus claimed it destroyed its toxic stockpiles following an international agreement struck in 2013.The Syrian Government has said that although it will abide by the agreement, it would continue fighting "terrorism" wherever it exists, parlance for most armed rebel groups fighting government troops.A previous ceasefire agreement signed on December 30 helped reduce overall violence for several weeks but eventually collapsed.Mayweather silences Mc Gregor with 10th round TKO A ruthless Floyd Mayweather scored a 10th round technical knockout over mixed martial arts champion Conor Mc Gregor on Saturday, the American cementing his legacy as an all-time boxing great with his 50th win in as many fights.
Sponsors of the deal hope safe zones will bring relief for hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians and encourage refugees to return, but officials have expressed scepticism, stressing that safe zones have not had an encouraging track record.
The sanctions follow the scandalous departure of Michael Flynn as Trump's national security advisor.
Flynn had been misleading about his phone conversations late last December that reportedly included talks with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, just as then-president Barack Obama was ordering new sanctions on Russia over its alleged election meddling.
US President Donald Trump said the strike on al Shayrat airbase, near Homs, with some 60 Tomahawk missiles was “representing the world”.
The base was allegedly used by Syrian forces to conduct the attack, which killed more than 70 people.