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Trump to sign Russian Federation curbs Bill: White House

30 Julio 2017, 02:02 | Bibiana Flor

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Thursday that the President would review the sanctions bill.

Never in doubt was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russian Federation unless Congress agrees.

Russian Federation denies it interfered in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion. Add to that falling oil prices and a weak ruble, and Russia's economy was shackled. The White House has now expressed support.

Referring to the vote by Congress to toughen the sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "This yet again attests to the extreme aggressiveness of the United States when it comes to worldwide affairs".

Most US diplomatic staff, including around 300 US citizens, work in the main embassy in Moscow, with others based in consulates in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

"He is in a lose-lose situation here", Beebe said. If Trump were to reject the bill, he said, Congress could unquestionably overrule him and that would sting.

Before Mr Trump's decision to sign the bill into law, Republican senator John McCain said its passage was long overdue, a jab at Mr Trump and Republican-controlled Congress. "There's no rationale, no excuse for a veto", Miller said.

It also said it would seize a Moscow compound used by USA diplomats as well as a U.S. diplomatic warehouse. There are hundreds of staff members in Russian Federation, including workers constructing an embassy building in Moscow.

Former President Barack Obama in December past year introduced sanctions against Russia and closed two Russian diplomatic properties in NY and Maryland.

Provisions backed by Republican and Democrats would handcuff Trump on the Russia sanctions due to worries among lawmakers that he may ease the financial hits without first securing concessions from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lavrov said the decision to cut United States diplomatic staff in Russian Federation and to close access to two facilities was a result of a series of "hostile steps" by Washington, according to the ministry statement.

Indeed, lawmakers and analysts sounded confident that they hold the upper hand on managing the Russian Federation relationship and it's not likely to improve soon. "Otherwise, he risks encouraging Russia's interference in future elections".

The bill will now be sent to the White House for president Trump's signature, who can also choose to veto the bill. 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. "I don't think that's real", Senate foreign relations committee Chairman Bob Corker said of the possibility of Trump vetoing the bill.

WALKER: That's exactly right.

Sanctions relief is important to Russia's broader objective of superpower status, shown by its bullish Syria policy. Arms control agreements and confidence building measures between the two militaries have atrophied, said Beebe.

The ministry said the number was being cut to 455 diplomats.

"Despite Washington's constant attacks, we acted and continue acting responsibly and reservedly and have not responded to certain provocations until now".

Russian Federation could actively work against United States interests worldwide, Beebe suggested.

WALKER: Well - so what we've heard today is that there's going to be two elements to this. We agree that it needs political pressure on Moscow.

One thing is clear, Beebe said. And he let a challenge from Putin, who said Trump accepted his denial of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, go largely unanswered.



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