Trump ready to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill

Trump ready to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill”

Russian Federation on Friday ordered a reduction in the number of USA diplomats allowed in Russian Federation and said it was closing down a US recreational retreat in response to the USA approval of a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russian Federation.

The order - which affects the US Embassy in Moscow and consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok - would reduce the number of US diplomatic and technical staff to 455, the same number Russian Federation has in the US, by September 1.

The legislation also cracks down on Iran and North Korea for activities including their missile development programs and human rights abuses, including seeking to punish foreign banks that do business with North Korea.

"The United States of America needs to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin and any other aggressor that we will not tolerate attacks on our democracy", said Sen. Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress' ability to limit or override the power of the White House on national security matters, saying that it is complicating efforts to coordinate with allies - particularly those in Europe that have taken a different approach to sanctions. The ministry said the sanctions confirm the "extreme aggression of worldwide affairs".

But faced with heavy cross-party support for the bill in the House and Senate, the president had little choice but to sign the bill into law.

Congress passed a bipartisan package targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea on Thursday, with President Donald Trump later agreeing to sign the Bill into law.

"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", he said.

The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad. The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

"It's a great pity that Russian-US relations are being sacrificed to resolve questions of domestic politics", Putin said, specifying that "in this case, it is the battle between President Trump and his political opponents".

Speaking in Finland on Thursday, Putin said he "very much regrets" the worsening of relations between Russian Federation and the United States, blaming it on "anti-Russia hysteria" in domestic U.S. politics. If Trump rejected the bill, Corker said, Congress would overrule him.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow was not immediately available for comment. The White House has been lobbying for weeks for a bill with a lighter impact.

Putin said on a visit to Finland on Thursday that Russian Federation was " exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate.

Putin, at a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, also spoke about Obama's order last December to seize Russian diplomatic property in the United States and to expel 35 Russian diplomats.

"This arouses deep regrets because such actions imply aggravating circumstances and special cynicism", Putin said. "This practice is unacceptable - it destroys global relations and worldwide law".

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