Biden signs sanctions bills targeting Russian oil and trade with Russia and Belarus

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# 09 April 2022 09:11 (UTC +04:00)

President Joe Biden on Friday signed two bills levying further sanctions on Russia and Belarus, the White House announced, APA reports citing CNN.

The sanctions mark the administration’s latest move to punish the two countries for Russia’s ongoing deadly invasion of Ukraine — and the first time the sanctions in response to the war have come from Capitol Hill.

One bill suspends normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, punishing the countries by paving the way for higher tariffs on imports from them. The other prohibits energy imports from Russia, including oil, coal and natural gas.

The Senate unanimously passed the two measures Thursday morning. While the House voted overwhelmingly to pass the legislation, the bills faced more opposition there.