US Senate on Thursday passed a bill to end normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus as the US and its allies tighten the economic vice on the Kremlin.

Iran PressAmerica: On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbas republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukraine but aimed to demilitarize and denazify the country.

US Lawmakers voted 424 to 8 in favor of legislation to raise tariffs on goods from Russia and Belarus and give Biden power to impose even stricter import taxes on their exports amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The eight lawmakers who voted against the bill are all Republicans.

The bill also sets up strict guidelines for when the president can restore normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus based on the state of the Ukraine war. 

Coinciding with Ukraine's repeated requests to join NATO and receiving multimillion-dollar aid from the West, Russia's military operation against Ukraine began on February 24.