US Missions Set To Cut Up To 300 Diplomatic Staff

Frederick Owens
July 29, 2017

Sanctions bill is to punish Russian Federation for its actions during last year's presidential campaign, as well as Moscow's military adventures in Ukraine and Syria. The Bill, which included sanctions against North Korea and Iran, was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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

"If Iran pulls out of the agreement, I think we will really regret hastily adding new sanctions", he said.

The move comes after the U.S. Senate on Friday voted 98-2 in favor of tighter sanctions on Russian Federation for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.

The bill would affect a range of Russian industries and might further hurt the Russian economy, already weakened by 2014 sanctions imposed after the Ukraine crisis. They've also traditionally favored a policy that keeps Moscow in check for its own aggressive measures in Eastern Europe and Syria, as well as its efforts to disrupt elections in the US and across Europe. "She did not say whether Trump would sign or veto the measure.We'll review that and let you know what we do".

The bill, if approved, threatens to further derail U.S.

Republicans and Democrats have pushed for more sanctions partly as a response to conclusions by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered in the election. Trump has repeatedly said he wants better relations with Moscow and, according to his communications director Anthony Scaramucci, still doubts Moscow's involvement in the election campaign. While the bill - which targets Russia's major defense, mining, shipping and railway industries - still needs US President Donald Trump's approval to become law, Moscow considers the Senate's decision as nearly final.

Trump can impose new sanctions at any time through an executive order.

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"This bill doesn't preclude him from issuing tougher sanctions".

Russian Federation is ready to normalize relations with the United States and to cooperate on major global issues, Moscow's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Friday. "It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country", Putin said in Finland on Thursday. What will it be?

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".

Moscow ordered the United States to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russian Federation to 455 diplomats and staff and also barred it from using a Moscow summer house and storage facility.

"This goes beyond all reasonable bounds", said Putin.

"This all runs counter to the principles of global law".

Before granting a waiver, ending sanctions on a person or entity, or granting a license "that significantly alters United States foreign policy" on Russian Federation, the White House would have to submit a report to Congress describing the proposed action and the reasons for it.

Russian Federation could look at imposing economic counter-sanctions against the United States, the former official said, saying he thought that retaliation in Ukraine or Syria was less likely because it was more likely to lead to a USA counter response.

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