Trump to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill: White House

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 29, 2017

The Russian foreign ministry said the figure was the same as the number of Russian diplomats left in the USA after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December.

"The White House will not like the bill, as it limits presidential authority", Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution, told Xinhua.

Thirty-five Russian diplomats were expelled from the United States in December under sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in response to Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Besides angering Moscow, the proposed legislation has upset the European Union, which has said the new sanctions might affect its energy security and prompt it to act, too. It was not immediately clear how many USA diplomats now serve in Russian Federation.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States dropped to a post-Cold War low following Russia's annexation of Crimea and interference in eastern Ukraine in 2014. And the USA contention was that this compound was used for spying.

Before Trump's decision to sign the bill into law, Sen.

The bill, if approved, threatens to further derail U.S.

The legislation, could put strain on Trump's ability to improve ties with Russia, which he has vocally pursued, but has been restrained by the allegations that his associates had contacts with Russian officials during the election campaign. And he's blasted as a "witch hunt" investigations into the extent of Russia's interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

The legislation bars Trump from easing or waiving the penalties on Russian Federation unless Congress agrees. But White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested Trump in fact wanted stronger sanctions. This week marked what appears to be yet another nadir in Russo-American relations, with indications out of the White House that Donald Trump would sign the new Russian Federation sanctions bill. While Moscow and Washington are continuously at odds over Syria, the Obama administration did not impose any Syria-related sanctions.

"This bill doesn't preclude him from issuing tougher sanctions".

In the statement, the ministry says: "Any new unilateral actions by the USA authorities to reduce the number of our diplomats in the United States will be met with a mirror response".

"As you know, we are exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate".

"The Americans can not tolerate an independent and influential country in this sensitive region", he said.

"When will our response follow? That will depend on the final version of the draft law which is now being debated in the U.S. Senate", he told a joint news conference with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinisto.

Moscow ordered the United States to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russian Federation to 455 diplomats and staff and also said it was seizing some USA diplomatic property as retaliation. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the bill's passage was long overdue, a jab at Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has called Putin a murderer and a thug. Yesterday, Ed Morrissey covered one of the retaliatory measures that Russian Federation is taking, with hundreds of our diplomats being kicked out of the country.

The Trump administration had opposed the new financial penalties voted for by the Senate.

"There is a tremendous and unprecedented effort by Congress to assert its influence on Russian Federation and foreign policy because it does not trust the president", said Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a former senior adviser at the Treasury Department.

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