|Congress sends Obama bill to aid Ukraine|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill on Tuesday to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-poor Ukraine and punish Russia for its bold annexation of part of the former Soviet republic.
Russia’s incursion into Crimea caused a deep rift between Moscow and Washington and the bill was a way for Congress to denounce Russia’s move and express support for Kiev.
The House voted 378 to 34 for the bill, which also is aimed at discouraging any further actions that President Vladimir Putin might be contemplating in the region.
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