Rift opens between Europe, US over new Russian Federation sanctions

by Susie Olson August 1, 2017, 22:48
Rift opens between Europe, US over new Russian Federation sanctions

Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction in the number of USA diplomats in Russian Federation on Friday and said it was closing down a us recreational retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russian Federation.

The legislation, meant to retaliate against Russian Federation for its alleged interference in the 2016 election, passed in a vote of 419 to 3 on Thursday, effectively veto-proofing the bill should President Donald Trump want to overrule it. The White House has given mixed messages about whether Trump will sign the legislation at a time when his presidential campaign is under investigation over possible collusion with Moscow.

Russian officials have already threatened retaliatory measures over this bill should it be signed, expected to include moves to expel some U.S. diplomats.

In addition, beginning August 1, Russian Federation will suspend USA access to a recreational property on the island of Serebryany Bor and a section of warehouses in the southern section of Moscow.

Republican leaders in the House pushed to add North Korea sanctions to the legislation last week. "Passage of H.R. 3364, the Sanctions bill", the Republican Senate Cloakroom said via Twitter on Thursday, referring to the bill to sanction Russia, Iran and North Korea.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump would sign the bill, but only after having negotiated "critical elements" of it.

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But even if Trump were to veto the legislation, Congress would likely be able to overcome such a blockage with a two-thirds majority in each chamber. -Russian relations. Trump had hoped to improve ties but his administration has been clouded by USA investigations of Russian meddling in the November election to sway the vote in Trump's favor. A similarly lopsided vote is expected in the Senate.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has asked the US to cut the number of its diplomats in Russia, responding to anti-Russian sanctions endorsed by the US Senate, Deutsche Welle reports.

Corker, a longtime ally of the Trump administration, said he has talked to both the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the sanctions bill in recent days and "gotten no indication from them that they plan to veto it".

"As you know, we are exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate. It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country", Putin said in Finland on Thursday.

But the European Union has also expressed concern about the sanctions, fearing that they might adversely affect its energy security.

"While the President supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the President's desk", she said.


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