Updated Apr 8, 2022 - Politics & Policy

U.S. suspends normal trade relations with Russia

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The U.S. suspended normal trade relations with Russia and banned Russian energy imports on Friday after President Biden signed both bills into law.

The big picture: The move accompanies Biden's executive order last month, which bans the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas and coal to the United States.

  • The trade bill, which the Senate passed 100-0, also revokes Belarus' trade operations with the U.S.

What they're saying: "Now, I wish this could have happened sooner, but after weeks of talks with the other side, it’s important that we have found a path forward," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, AP reports.

  • "No nation whose military is committing war crimes deserves free trade status with the United States."

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Editor's note: This story and headline have been updated after President Biden signed the bills into law.

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