US Senate Votes to Suspend Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus

The US Senate has unanimously passed HR7108, the legislation to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

HR7108 would end Russia’s status as a “most favored nation,” and would ban both Russian and Belarusian imports if Us President Joe Biden would sign the law.

HR7108 also allowed the restoration of normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus if they cease being a threat to Ukraine.

HR7108 also statutorily authorizes “broader coverage of current visa- and property-blocking sanctions for human rights violations to cover persons involved in serious human rights abuses. (Current law imposes these sanctions on persons responsible for gross violations of human rights, a higher standard.)”

The Senate has also voted unanimously for H.R. 6968 which would ban oil imports and energy products from Russia.

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