Putin says opposes any extra measures against U.S. now

Gwen Vasquez
July 30, 2017

The bill that imposes the new sanctions on Russian Federation now heads to the desk of President Donald Trump, who has been dogged by an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

The Senate approved the measure with a vote of 98-2 while the House approved the measure with a vote of 419-3.

The new United States sanctions were in retaliation both for Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the USA election.

Trump's vow to extend a hand of cooperation to Russian President Vladimir Putin has been met with resistance as skeptical lawmakers look to limit the executive power's leeway to go easy on Moscow over its meddling in the 2016 presidential election. This news was confirmed by #White House after the Congress approved the policy that would press new penalties against Russian Federation on Thursday.

CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports that a White House official confirmed President Trump is expected to sign the Russian Federation sanctions legislation early this week, but has not yet received the official bill on his desk. The White House said Friday that President Trump "approves the bill and intends to sign it", even though he pushed back on early attempts to pass it.

"He can't not act", she said.

Russian Federation will likely retaliate in ways that go beyond the expulsion of U.S. diplomats and the seizure of American diplomatic recreation areas that took place Friday, said George Beebe, a former director of Russian Federation analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency, and others.

Russian Federation has also said it is seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by United States diplomats. Mr Trump has repeatedly denied any such collusion and said he and his officials are the victims of a political "witch hunt".

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

However, Mr Putin struck a conciliatory note, saying although he could impose more measures, he did not want to.

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Still, House and Senate leaders had agreed to give Tillerson time to, as Sen.

Relations were already at a post-Cold War low after U.S. intelligence agencies accused Russian Federation of trying to interfere in last year's USA presidential election to boost Mr Trump's chances, something Moscow flatly denies. 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. "We will work closely with our friends and Allies to ensure our messages to Russia, Iran, and North Korea are clearly understood". The sanctions against North Korea took on added urgency after the North on Friday test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile, which flew longer and higher than its first ICBM launched earlier this month.

A top White House aide said yesterday that Mr Trump might veto the legislation in order to push for a tougher deal.

Left intact, however, was the congressional review section of the bill.

"The U.S. bill could have unintended unilateral effects that impact the EU's energy security interests".

Yet no one emerged in Congress to be Trump's champion.

Germany's foreign minister says his country won't accept new USA sanctions against Russian Federation being applied to European companies but is underlining Berlin's hopes of coordinating policy toward Moscow.

The bill also imposes sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

But Corker quickly threw cold water on that idea. It shows a diminishment of their authority. "I just don't think that's a good way to start off as president".

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