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2017-07-26

The US House of Representatives has voted to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, despite President Donald Trump objecting to the legislation.

Senior officials will be targeted in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the US 2016 election.

The bill is likely to complicate President Trump’s hopes of improving relations with Russia.

It needs to be passed through the Senate before it can be sent on to the president to be signed.

The White House says it is reviewing the bill, and it is unclear whether the president will veto it.

Russia’s relationship with the president has dogged his first six months in office, amid allegations Moscow interfered to help Trump get elected.

Trump has also piled pressure on his attorney general over the Russia inquiry.

He has publicly labelled Jeff Sessions “weak” and said he was “disappointed” in Mr Sessions’ decision to recues himself from the investigation.

The House voted overwhelmingly to back the measures, which will also see fresh sanctions against North Korea and Iran over ballistic missile tests.