Trump to sign Russian Federation sanctions, honeymoon is over

Trevor Jackson
July 31, 2017

Stung by new American sanctions, Russia's Foreign Ministry says the USA must downsize its diplomatic and technical staff in Moscow and other cities.

Russia's moves came a day after the U.S. Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line against Moscow or veto the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.

But the main thing here is that Russia has said that the number of USA diplomatic personnel in Russia should be brought down to the exact level of the number of Russian diplomatic personnel in the US, which is - they're saying is 455.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was also seizing a Moscow dacha compound used by USA diplomats to relax from August 1 as well as a United States diplomatic warehouse in Moscow.

By signing the bill into law, Donald Trump cannot ease the sanctions against Russian Federation unless he seeks congressional approval. Not waiting to see if the president signs them into law, Russian Federation has taken retaliatory action against USA diplomats on its soil, which is why we've called Shaun Walker, Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, who joins us by Skype.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, said the Russian leader approved the retaliatory measures despite saying a day earlier that he would wait for the final version of the law before taking any such steps.

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned it would respond in kind if Washington made a decision to expel any Russian diplomats.

The legislation heads to President Donald Trump.

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"The near unanimous votes for the sanctions legislation in Congress represent the strong will of the American people to see Russian Federation take steps to improve relations with the United States", Tillerson said. The assumption being, of course, that the Russians thought or had been told that the Trump administration would come in, and either of these measures would be reversed, or there would be some wonderful flourishing of U.S.

"The new bill seeks to create unfair competitive advantages for the USA in the global economy via political tools", the ministry said.

It was not immediately clear how many US workers would have to leave, because the Kremlin's announcement did not detail which employees were to be included in the count.

"Lawmakers are so distrustful of the administration that they are imposing requirements to conduct congressional review of attempts by the president to roll back sanctions, and in some instances prevent him from doing so", Rosenberg said. But at the same time, [he] wants to make sure that we get good deals.

In late 2016, the Obama administration slapped a new batch of sanctions on Russia and expelled 35 Russian diplomats on the pretext of Moscow's alleged meddling in the USA presidential election. The US Embassy said Tefft had expressed his "strong disappointment and protest". So Obama kicked out 35 Russian diplomats and shut down these two diplomatic compounds, one of which was really a big place out in Maryland, where kind of hundreds of diplomats would go.

"This kind of blackmail aimed at restricting the cooperation between Russian Federation and other nations is a threat for many countries and global businesses", the statement said.

The sanctions bill includes a provision that would limit Trump's authority to lift existing sanctions that were placed following Kremlin's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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