Donald Trump could seek 'tougher' Russian Federation sanctions; Putin threatens retaliation

Ashley Carr
August 1, 2017

But the US Congress' approval of new anti-Russia sanctions on Thursday seemed to be the boiling point for Moscow.

The draft law on the new sanctions against Russia adopted by the US House of Representatives will bring these countries back to the Cold War, Head of the Moscow State University's Department for International Organizations and World Political Processes Andrey Sidorov said at a round table devoted to the effects of the anti-Russian sanctions bill. 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.

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russian Federation would be forced to retaliate if Washington pressed ahead with what he called illegal new sanctions against Moscow, describing US conduct towards his country as boorish and unreasonable.

Russian officials also slammed the U.S. sanctions, saying they are motivated by "absolutely imaginary allegations of Russian involvement in their internal matters".

The ministry specified that the actions are in response to a vote Thursday in the U.S. Senate which imposed harsher economic sanctions against Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, before the final Senate-House deal, the White House said Trump would be reviewing the legislation.

"Yesterday (Wednesday), the House of Representatives passed, almost unanimously, a sanctions bill that was a product of bicameral, bipartisan negotiations and includes strong sanctions against Russia, Iran, North Korea".

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The White House has not definitively said that President Trump will sign the bill, but the the measure won a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. But Trump's pledges to strengthen ties have produced few results, with much of the American political establishment enraged by US intelligence findings that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election. The Senate is expected to pass the House version imminently.

At the end of 2016, citing the us intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation under the guidance of President Vladimir Putin acted to influence the 2016 usa presidential race, then President Barack Obama took retaliatory measures against Russian Federation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement that Trump read early drafts of the bill and "negotiated regarding critical elements of it".

"We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way, but at some moment we will need to respond", said Putin.

Putin also spoke about a continuing row between Moscow and Washington which erupted last December when then U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the seizure of Russian diplomatic property in the United States and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.

"I am against it as of today", Putin said in the interview with Vesti TV.

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

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