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Russia Retaliates For Sanctions Approval, Hitting At US Diplomatic Corps

02 August, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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If confirmed that Russia's move would affect hundreds of staff at the U.S. embassy, it would far outweigh the Obama administration's expulsion of 35 Russians in December.

Trump's willingness to support the measure is a remarkable acknowledgement that he has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow.

As recently as Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin had maintained in an interview in Finland that he was still hoping for better relations with the us under President Donald Trump. Both were veto-proof numbers.

"Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it", the White House said in a statement.

Part of the bill is aimed at punishing Russian Federation for possibly meddling in the 2016 presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

The sanctions on North Korea target its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes as well as use of slave labour and Iran is targeted for its terrorist activities, human rights abuses and ballistic missile programmes. She did not say whether Trump would sign or veto the measure when it reaches his desk.

President Vladimir Putin had warned on Thursday that Russian Federation would have to retaliate against what he called boorish USA behaviour. McCain asked. "Very little".

The ministry says the USA has until September 1 to cut the number of its staff at the Moscow embassy and at three consulates to match the exact number of Russian diplomats who are working in the US - 455 people, according to the ministry's announcement.




Russian Federation is also barring Americans from using two diplomatic facilities.

House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement late Wednesday to get the sanctions legislation against Iran, Russia and North Korea through the Senate without further amendment, avoiding a potential clash with the House.

Russia's ambitions to be on equal footing with the USA suffered a setback in 2014 when the Obama administration authorized sanctions against sectors of the Russian economy, including financial services, energy, mining and defense.

European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein said Friday that European officials "will be watching how this process unfolds and then, of course, we'll be watching equally attentively how this law, ... if and when it enters into force, will be applied in practice". Although the president had called for changes to the bill, the White House has said the president plans to sign it.

A request to the White House for comment was not immediately returned. France and Germany have so far spoken out against the bill that the US House passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday as one that adversely affects European industries while advancing US commercial interests.

Commentators said then that Putin's unexpected move put Trump at a disadvantage, even as it sidelined the Obama administration in its last days.

But Republican Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it would be a serious mistake and if Mr Trump rejected the bill, Congress would overrule him.

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