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Eight senators from both parties met on Monday to discuss sanctions bill against Russia aimed at supporting U.S. efforts to deter Russia from invading Ukraine, Politico reported, citing its sources.

The negotiations between the four Democrats and four Republicans concerned the bill - the "mother of all sanctions" - proposed by Democratic Senator and Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez. The bill includes a series of severe financial sanctions that would go into effect after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Politico notes Republicans want some measures taken before the invasion, not after, which is what the Biden administration is currently planning. Republican opposition to the current version of Menendez's bill, according to Politico, has forced him to revise the text so that he can gain the support of the ten Republicans needed to overcome the filibuster in the upper chamber of Congress, the Voice of America reports.

Among the changes considered in the Menendez Act are giving Ukraine more security assistance and fighting Russian propaganda, as well as giving President Biden the power to immediately implement sanctions. The updated bill would also give the president the ability to lift sanctions, Politico reports.

 

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