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Russian State TV Mocks GOP Senators Who Did Not Vote With Dems To Keep Sanctions In Place

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Russian State TV Mocks GOP Senators Who Did Not Vote With Dems To Keep Sanctions In Place





Republican senators on Wednesday successfully defended the Trump administration’s plan to lift sanctions on companies controlled by Vladimir Putin ally, billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Despite the defection of 11 Republicans who broke ranks to vote with the Democrats, the Democratic effort to block the relaxation of sanctions fell just a few votes shy of the 60 needed to advance the resolution to a final vote.

The U.S. sanctioned Deripaska and his companies in 2018, among a group of Russian elites the U.S. said had furthered “the Kremlin’s global malign activities, including its attempts to subvert Western democracy.”




From the Jan. 16 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show

In response to Wednesday’s vote, Russian state TV celebrated the lifting of sanctions, displaying a screenshot from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show showing eight GOP senators who voted to lift the sanctions on Deripaska.

Investigative Journalist Julia Davis tweeted: “Russia’s state TV reports that for the first time since 2014, the US is lifting sanctions from Russian companies [#Deripaska’s Rusal et al.] The host laughs out loud about the Democrats not getting enough votes to block the effort, expresses hope that this is just the beginning.”

In response to Davis’s tweet, Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a CNN military analyst, tweeted: “I hope all the Senators getting publicity on Russia State TV use this picture for their campaigns in the future.”





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