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The US Sanctions Bill Is a Win for Russian Federation

29 Juillet 2017

There are believed to be now around 1,100 United States diplomats and staff in the country.

Russia gave the United States until September 1 to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people, the number of Russian diplomats left in the United States after Washington expelled 35 Russians in December because of the alleged election hacking.

The US ambassador to Russia, John Tefft, was summoned to the foreign ministry on Friday morning to be given the news.

The United States will now have to reduce its diplomatic staff in Russia by 60 percent to comply with the Russian sanctions.

Earlier in the day, the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Trump Administration supports strong sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the new sanctions law "confirms the extreme aggressiveness of the United States in its foreign affairs".

But Russia, Lavrov said, is ready to normalize bilateral relations and cooperate on important issues on the global agenda.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. "And we want to make sure that they're tough sanctions and that they're durable sanctions".

"The US Bill could have unintended unilateral effects that impact the EU's energy security interests".

But in a stunning rebuke by his own party in Congress, Trump must now sign or veto a bill that constricts his ability to amend the sanctions policy while under the cloud of three investigations into his team's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Trump could seek 'tougher' Russian Federation sanctions; Putin threatens retaliation
She did not say whether Trump would sign or veto the measure when it reaches his desk. The ministry also ousted the U.S. from a recreation retreat and warehouse in Moscow.

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

The bill underwent revisions to address concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them to Moscow's benefit.

While Trump has stated that Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, better known as the Iran Deal), the Treasury Department says new sanctions target networks that support "military procurement" for the nation's ballistic missile program.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Berlin won't let up in pushing for a joint approach. The strong bipartisan support for the bill was a sharp contrast to the bitter partisan rancor during debate over how to overhaul the US healthcare system.

Russian Federation took its first steps Friday to retaliate against proposed U.S. sanctions for Moscow's suspected meddling in the 2016 election, seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties and ordering the U.S. Embassy to reduce its staff by September.

And it has also stopped USA diplomats from using a summer house and storage facilities in Moscow.

The White House says President Donald Trump will sign legislation implementing tough new financial sanctions against Russian Federation.

The US legislation is aimed at punishing the Kremlin for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The Trump administration had opposed the new financial penalties voted for by the Senate, as the President seeks warmer ties with the Kremlin.