Russia: more sanctions will wreck improving US relations

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 29, 2017

This was reported by The Hill on Wednesday night.

The legislation would significantly limit Trump's ability to relax or terminate sanctions, defying White House complaints that the measure impedes the president's executive authority to conduct foreign policy.

The sanctions bill passed 419 votes to three in the House, with support of Republicans and Democrats alike.

Also, fresh sanctions against Iran and North Korea are included in the package.

The Senate voted 98-2, following a 419-3 vote Tuesday in the lower House of Representatives for the same legislation, which is meant to penalize Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Moscow's meddling in the USA presidential election.

But Russia's foreign ministry went on the offensive hours after the vote, slamming USA politicians for an action that went "beyond the realms of common sense".

"We'll review that and let you know what we do", she told reporters Thursday night outside the White House. He could veto the bill, but there is a chance that Congress could override his veto with a two-thirds vote.

"Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has invaded its neighbor Ukraine, seizing its territory and destabilizing its government", House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce claimed in applauding passage.

"When you have this kind of overwhelming vote, you know. This bipartisan bill is about keeping America safe, and I urge the president to sign it into law".

If the bill moves quickly through the Senate, it could come into force before lawmakers break for summer. The president is now faced with a dilemma - whether to veto it. The document now should be approved by the Senate and signed by the President of the United States.

Corker and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy were fighting over the North Korean sanctions, after McCarthy added it to the bill before the House passed it, against Corker's wishes.

The sanctions measure differs slightly between the House and the Senate versions and the two chambers must now agree on a final version to send to Trump.

He said President Vladimir Putin would decide if and how Moscow would retaliate once the sanctions became law.

But he stressed in a statement that "we will under no circumstances accept an extraterritorial application of these United States sanctions against European companies".

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