Scaramucci suggests Trump may veto bipartisan Russian sanctions

Trevor Jackson
July 30, 2017

In a statement from its Foreign Ministry, Russia said the USA must reduce its diplomatic and technical staff to match the number of Russian staff working in America by September 1.

Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump's new communications director, told CNN on Thursday that the President may veto bipartisan sanctions against Russian Federation, breaking with the widespread approval the sanctions received on Capitol Hill.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that while Moscow has been doing "everything possible" to improve the relationship, "recent events showed that U.S. policy was in the hands of Russophobic forces, pushing Washington to the path of confrontation". The U.S. Embassy said Tefft had expressed his "strong disappointment and protest".

It was not immediately clear how many US diplomats and other workers would be forced to leave either the country or their posts, but the Interfax news agency cited an informed source as saying "hundreds" of people would be affected. Its response suggests it has set aside initial hopes of better ties with Washington under Trump, something the USA leader, before he was elected, had said he wanted to achieve.

"The latest events confirm that certain circles in the US are fixated on Russophobia and open confrontation with our country", according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday approved the Foreign Ministry's measure to downsize the number of personnel in U.S. diplomatic and consular missions to 455.

Trump's decision comes hours after North Korea test-fired an ICBM for the second time in less than a month.

Russia had originally threatened the ouster of diplomats and seizure of property in December after the United States ordered 35 Russian envoys out of the United States in protest of alleged Russian meddling in the election a year ago.

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An official at the U.S. Embassy, who declined to be named because they were not allowed to speak to the media, said the Embassy employed around 1,100 diplomatic and support staff in Russia, including Russian and U.S. citizens.

But allegations from the United States intelligence community that Putin interfered in the United States elections to get Trump elected have made any concessions to Trump politically toxic.

Obama also ordered Russia's Foreign Ministry to leave two compounds it owns in Maryland and NY.

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.

President Vladimir Putin initially held off from retaliating, saying he would wait to see how Trump reacted after he came into the White House. Lawmakers said they also made adjustments so the sanctions on Russia's energy sector didn't undercut the ability of US allies in Europe to get access to oil and gas resources outside of Russian Federation.

Russian state television channel Rossiya 24 said over 700 staff would be affected but that was not confirmed by the foreign ministry or the US embassy.

A European Commission spokesman in Brussels said the bloc would be following the sanctions process closely.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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