The Trump administration has lifted sanctions on three major Russian firms in defiance of a Democratic-led push in the US Congress to maintain the restrictions.
Earlier this month, the Senate voted to move ahead with a Democratic-backed resolution blocking Trump’s plan to lift the sanctions on Rusal, its parent, En+ Group Plc, and power firm JSC EuroSibEnergo.
In a 57-42 vote on Jan. 15, the Senate advanced legislation that would disapprove of a Washington’s plan to ease sanctions on the three companies which are claimed to have ties with Oleg Deripaska, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Some lawmakers from both parties said it was inappropriate to ease the sanctions while special counsel Robert Mueller investigates the alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow.
However, the US Treasury issued a statement on Sunday, saying the three companies had reduced Deripaska’s direct and…