McConnell willing to punish Russia
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated a willingness to work with Democrats on new sanctions against Russia over Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
While Russia is already subject to an array of sanctions imposed by the U.S. government, the Senate’s top lawmaker said Friday its defense of the Assad regime could warrant further penalties.
“If [the administration feels] they need additional sanctions, or we can come up with something that seems to enjoy bipartisan support, I’d be open to it,” Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said when asked if he’d support additional sanctions on Russia.
Mr. McConnell added he’s “willing to talk” to Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, specifically with respect to sanctioning Russia for continuing to support the Syrian president.
“I think it’s certainly good that the administration’s not lifted any of the existing sanctions,” Mr. McConnell told reporters. “The Russians are not our friends. I think they’ve demonstrated that over and over and over again.”