The US and Russian Federation

Trevor Jackson
July 31, 2017

Still, signing a bill that penalizes Russia's election interference marks a significant shift for Trump.

The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad.

The EU extended its economic sanctions on Russian Federation last month. A July 17 meeting between US and Russian officials, for example, failed to find a solution to a dispute over the seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States.

During weeks of negotiations, the Trump administration pushed back at what it saw as attempt to limit the executive branch's ability to unilaterally ease sanctions, making the case that it limits USA leverage in attempts to impact Russian behavior and build a better relationship with Putin.

"The passage of the new law on sanctions shows with all obviousness that relations with Russian Federation have become hostage to the domestic political battle within the US", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement announcing the moves.

Tefft referred to Moscow's decision to reduce the number of United States diplomats in Russian Federation to 455 by September 1, as well as the suspension of the use of all storage facilities by the U.S. embassy as of August 1.

Their misgivings were reinforced by Trump's defense secretary, retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, who said during his confirmation hearing in January that "history isn't a straitjacket", but a guide for dealing with Moscow.

Instead of looking for way to retaliate against Moscow, Trump openly challenged the findings of his own intelligence agencies, which concluded Russian Federation had interfered with the intention of tipping the election in his behalf. It shows a diminishment of their authority.

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US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

Congress is seemingly intent on doing just about anything in their power to stop President Trump from making America great again.

The 184-page bill seeks to hit Putin and the oligarchs close to him by targeting Russian corruption, human rights abusers, and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.

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

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.

The new sanctions include measures against North Korea, such as cutting oil supplies, and banning employment of North Korean forced laborers.

As the below infographic shows, the United States imports more goods from Russian Federation than it exports, according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The House had already passed the bill with a vote of 419-3.

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