Vladimir Putin: Russia may 'have to retaliate' against U.S. sanctions

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30 July, 2017

He pointed to the FBI investigations into Russia's ties to the campaign, Putin's actions in Ukraine and Syria, and Friday's actions against United States diplomats.

Russian Federation was speaking after the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on Moscow and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump intends to sign a bill passed by Congress this week that would impose new sanctions on Russian Federation, the White House said Friday. Russian Federation will also close down the embassy's recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow as well as warehouse facilities.

Trump's concerns include a provision letting Congress stop any effort to ease existing sanctions on Russian Federation.

Russian Federation told the United States on Friday that some of its diplomats had to leave the country in just over a month and said it was seizing some USA diplomatic property as retaliation for what it said were proposed illegal U.S. sanctions.

"I would guess that he (Trump) will sign it", Corker told reporters.

The ministry says the US has until September 1 to cut the number of its staff at the Moscow embassy and at three consulates to match the exact number of Russian diplomats who are working in the USA - 455 people, according to the ministry's announcement.

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.

Republicans and Democrats have pushed for more sanctions partly as a response to the election allegations.

But the idea of Republican Trump wanting to strengthen the sanctions drew skepticism in Congress because his administration had spent weeks lobbying for a weaker bill. Both Republicans and Democrats alike had predicted a swift veto override if Trump did try to thwart the measure.

"I haven't given thought to that". "The President has every right to veto it, but it isn't going to change the votes". Those sanctions also include punishments for Iran and North Korea.

"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", Scaramucci told CNN.

In the Russian view, independent foreign policy is part of Finland's independence, Kivinen said. The decision by Moscow to intervene was widely seen as move to exert Putin's influence in the region. The sanctions also included the closure of two Russian compounds, in Maryland and NY, used for intelligence purposes. Arms control agreements and confidence building measures between the two militaries have atrophied, said Beebe.

Russia's response mirrors moves by outgoing President Barack Obama last December to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian estates in the U.S. They've also traditionally favored a policy that keeps Moscow in check for its own aggressive measures in Eastern Europe and Syria, as well as its efforts to disrupt elections in the USA and across Europe.


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