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US Senate Passes Bill on Iran, Russia Sanctions

31 Julio 2017, 10:59 | Bibiana Flor

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on Thursday in Finland about U.S.-Russian relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on Thursday in Finland about U.S.-Russian relations

The new USA sanctions against Russian Federation were overwhelmingly approved by Congress earlier this week, with a veto-proof majority.

Putin noted that official Moscow had seen a bill the USA is going to adopt to introduce new sanctions against Russian Federation.

"As the congressman said with his vote, these sanctions are crucial and should become law as soon as possible", said Aaron Clark, a spokesperson for Fitpatrick in an email response to Digital First Media.

The new bill gives the president less leeway in issuing waivers or removing sanctions than much other sanctions legislation has given. Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress' ability to limit or override the power of the White House on national security matters, saying that it is complicating efforts to coordinate with allies - particularly those in Europe that have taken a different approach to sanctions.

But faced with heavy bipartisan support for the bill in the House and Senate, the president had little choice but to sign the bill into law.

"We must also make clear to Iran and North Korea that they will be held accountable for their actions", Warner said.


"That is why the House added the previously House-passed North Korea sanctions bill - which has been languishing in the Senate for over two months - to the Senate bill", said Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy.

In an interview earlier Sunday on ABC's This Week, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkovsharply denounced the sanctions bill, calling it "unacceptable" and retaliation was "long, long overdue".

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement the United States had until September 1 to bring the number of diplomatic and technical personnel in Russian Federation to 455, the same number it said Russian Federation has in the US. The State Department did not provide a reading on the conversation.

He said if the U.S. were to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation it would be an act of "exceptional cynicism". -Russian relations to "rock-bottom" levels lower than those reached during the Cold War. We will retaliate, ' Ryabkov said. "The Americans can not do without us and we can not do without them".

"We have a very rich toolbox at our disposal".

Russian Federation responded to proposed US sanctions for its suspected meddling in the 2016 election on Friday, by seizing two USA diplomatic properties in the country and ordering that the USA downsize its diplomatic staff in the country.


While some White House officials have praised the revised legislation passed this week, the president's position on the bill has remained an open question.

Republican leaders in the House pushed to add North Korea sanctions to the legislation last week.

So announced Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova on her Facebook page on Friday, the day on which Russian authorities told their us counterparts to cut their Russia-based diplomatic staff.

INSKEEP: Oh. So this is, in a way, mirroring these sanctions that were imposed on Russia by President Obama back in December - right? - when he also closed some diplomatic facilities and threw some Russian diplomats out of the country. But this number of 455 staff, now that's the same number of Russian personnel working in the U.S.

"Because more than 1,000 workers - diplomats and support staff - were working and are still working in Russia, 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation", he said.

Moscow has responded by ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russian Federation and closing the U.S. Embassy's recreation retreat.




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