Trump will sign Russian Federation sanctions bill, White House says

Trevor Jackson
July 30, 2017

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 U.S. counter response.

The version that emerged from the Senate vote late Thursday seemed to be the final one, Peskov noted, and the White House has already suggested that it might reject this law in favor of something even more onerous.

The legislation, McCain said would impose mandatory sanctions on transactions with the Russian defence or intelligence sectors, including the FSB and the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency that was primarily responsible for Russia's attack on United States election.

The bill, which includes a provision that allows Congress to stop any effort by Trump to ease existing sanctions on Russian Federation, will now be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.

The legislation bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russian Federation unless the US Congress agrees and provisions were included to ease concerns that the president's push for better relations with Moscow might lead him to relax the penalties without first securing concessions from the Kremlin.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States dropped to a post-Cold War low following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, where fighting since 2014 has left 10,000 people dead.

The legislation also cracks down on Iran and North Korea for activities including their missile development programs and human rights abuses, including seeking to punish foreign banks that do business with North Korea. The sanctions also apply to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps security force.

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President Vladimir Putin initially held off from retaliating, saying he would wait to see how Trump reacted after he came into the White House.

A White House official said the bill would be reviewed, "but we strongly support sanctions against all three countries".

The legislation puts Trump in a hard position.

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

Germany's foreign minister says his country won't accept new US sanctions against Russian Federation being applied to European companies but is underlining Berlin's hopes of coordinating policy toward Moscow. 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 Senate's overwhelming vote today sends an important message that America will not tolerate attacks on our democracy or national security interests, and that we will respond to such attacks with strength, resolve, common objective, and action", McCain said. "It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country".

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction in the number of US diplomats in Russian Federation and said it was closing down a USA recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russian Federation. "And now these sanctions - they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of global law".

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