The head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he does not expect to take up a bill placing further sanctions on Russia in the near future.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., along with the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., have reached an agreement to further a measure that would confront Russia's provocations in Eastern Europe without using sanctions.
"We're not going to do a Russia sanctions bill," Corker told Politico on Monday.
"The ranking member and I are in strong agreement on a pathway forward and that's what we're going to do. We're going to do an Iran sanctions bill. It'll be done toward the end of this work period. We're also working together on a bill to push back against Russia in Europe and what they're doing, and those are the two courses of action that we're taking."
Cardin offered a measure in January to counter Russia's actions in Eastern Europe and the bill being put forward is expected to draw from that measure but will not include sanctions against Moscow that drew support from defense hawks like Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Corker says he isn't ruling out pursuing sanctions against Russia down the road but is eager to win Democratic support in punishing Iran for its ballistic missile tests, support of terrorism, and human rights violations.