Putin: We'll have to retaliate against 'illegal' U.S. sanctions

Janie Parker
July 30, 2017

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would be forced to retaliate at some point if Washington pressed ahead with new sanctions against Moscow, but said his response would depend on the final text of the proposed law.

The bill would affect a range of Russian industries and might further hurt the Russian economy, already weakened by 2014 sanctions imposed after Russia annexed Crime from Ukraine.

President Donald Trump will sign a bill into law that would ramp up sanctions against Russian Federation, the White House said Friday, ending speculation over whether he would veto the measure. Those sanctions also include punishments for Iran and North Korea.

The Russia sanctions in H.R. 3364 are an unusual signal of disapproval of Trump from congressional Republicans. Reports of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election have put a damper on hopes for better ties that the Kremlin had pinned on Trump's presidency.

President Donald Trump intends to sign a bill passed by Congress this week that would impose new sanctions on Russian Federation, the White House said Friday.

"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", Scaramucci said on CNN's "New Day", calling Trump's strategy on sanctions part of his "counterintuitive, counterpunching personality". House and Senate committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are examining possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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It also imposes restrictions on anyone involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and those who do business with them. But rejecting it could lead to an embarrassing veto override, as the bill cleared both chambers by wide margins, and lead to criticism that he's seeking to protect Russian Federation. The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

A White House official said the bill would be reviewed, "but we strongly support sanctions against all three countries". If Trump rejected the bill, Corker said, Congress would overrule him.

The legislation puts Trump in a hard position.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also warned the United States it would respond in kind if Washington chose to expel any Russian diplomats.

"It is a great pity that Russian-American relations are being sacrificed to this domestic, internal American issue", Putin said at a news conference in Savonlinna, Finland.

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