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Russian Federation may impose counter-measures on U.S. after new sanctions: foreign ministry

03 Août 2017

Russian Federation warned of worsening ties with the US after accusing President Donald Trump of caving in to Congress by signing a law that could keep sanctions in place for years.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning, "Our relationship with Russian Federation is at an all-time & very risky low".

"Our relations with Russian Federation are at an historic low and it is very unsafe".

The President made the comment in a tweet, adding in the same message: "You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!"

Mr Trump signed the package of measures, but described it as "seriously flawed", taking a pop at lawmakers as he did so. The new law marks a significant surrender by Trump to congressional efforts to limit his discretion in handling relations with Moscow.

Trump, who has publicly expressed frustration with Congress, lashed out again at lawmakers on Thursday. And Trump sends out a written statement accusing Congress of overstepping its constitutional bounds, holding back his ability to negotiate with foreign countries and preventing him from striking deals. That was a reference to Russia's decision to sharply cut the USA diplomatic personnel and close a us recreational retreat and warehouse facilities.

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The new USA penalties were short-sighted and risked harming global stability, it said in a statement on its website. He then issued two statements, one of them little more than an attack on Congress peppered with a bit of self-aggrandizement.

Kosachev says the bill will further cloud the prospects for cooperation on Iran and North Korea.

Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, asked for his reaction to Trump's tweet, told MSNBC: "I can just tell you we saw real bipartisanship on Capitol Hill when it came to these sanctions".

But discord between a president and Congress is more unusual when it comes to the questions of economic sanctions against a rival power.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he will meet with his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the weekend, but warned US-Russia ties could still get worse. By limiting the Executive's flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together.

Both houses of Congress, signaling skepticism of his overtures toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, approved the measure nearly unanimously. That will bring the number of USA diplomatic and technical staff down to 455, which would match the number of Russian staff in the U.S.