Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Putin Derides 'Illegal' Sanctions Bill - But Says He's Waiting On Final Version

Putin Derides 'Illegal' Sanctions Bill - But Says He's Waiting On Final Version Putin Derides 'Illegal' Sanctions Bill - But Says He's Waiting On Final Version
Ellis Copeland | 29 July, 2017, 11:47

President Donald Trump has reviewed the final version of Russian Federation sanctions legislation and plans to sign it, the White House announced Friday night.

The Senate passed the bill, 98-2, two days after the House of Representatives pushed the measure through by an overwhelming margin, 419-3. It also toughens sanctions on Iran and North Korea. But rejecting it could lead to an embarrassing veto override, as the bill cleared both chambers by wide margins, and lead to criticism that he's seeking to protect Russian Federation.

The White House has not been clear about what the president will do.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agencies later Friday that he would not rule out further steps, adding that Russia's "toolbox" of how to react to the new sanctions "doesn't come down to" cutting the embassy staff and seizing the recreational retreat.

Weeks after a diplomatic summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin led to a ceasefire in Syria, Congress has jeopardized the progress by passing a sanctions regime leaving Russia furious!

"The countries could overcome more critical problems by taking joint action", Putin said. "This practice is unacceptable - it destroys global relations and worldwide law".

Russia's Foreign Ministry dismissed the new sanctions as "creating unfair competitive advantages for the USA economy".

"This goes beyond all reasonable bounds", said Putin.

Calling the proposed sanctions "extremely cynical", Putin said the demarche looked like an attempt by Washington to use its "geopolitical advantages.to safeguard its economic interests at the expense of its allies".

Putin Derides 'Illegal' Sanctions Bill - But Says He's Waiting On Final Version

Lawmakers say they want to prevent the president from acting on his own to lift penalties imposed by the previous administration for meddling in last year's USA election and for aggression in Ukraine.

What followed were Internet hacks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee and high-ranking officials in the Hillary Clinton campaign, most notably campaign chairman John Podesta.

The document was posted on the Russian government's legal information portal.

Trump has yet to sign off on the package. He has called the subsequent investigations into the matter, and whether any members of his campaign colluded with the Russians in that effort, a "witch hunt".

Trump has given no firm indication about whether he will sign the bipartisan measure.

"This bill doesn't preclude him from issuing tougher sanctions".

The administration has at times demonstrated a willingness to take a tougher tack against Russian Federation via sanctions.

On Thursday, US Senate approved a bill that would impose sweeping sanctions on Russia and seeks, in particular, to target companies that invest in Russian energy projects.

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