Will bring U.S. to its senses: Russian Federation on sanctions

Mandy Carr
July 30, 2017

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.

Asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin had authorized the move, Peskov said such measures are "impossible without the President's permission".

The White House says President Donald Trump will sign legislation implementing tough new financial sanctions against Russian Federation.

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.

The Russia sanctions in H.R. 3364 are an unusual signal of disapproval of Trump from congressional Republicans. -Russian relations. Trump had hoped to improve ties but his administration has been clouded by US investigations of Russian meddling in the November election to sway the vote in Trump's favor.

The US Senate had voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on the three countries. Trump's communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, had suggested Thursday that Trump might veto the bill and "negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians".

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The bill was passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and House by veto-proof margins. 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. Russian Federation said it reserved the right to take further measures if the USA retaliates. "And we want to make sure that they're tough sanctions and that they're durable sanctions".

"As you know, we are exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate".

Putin, speaking at a news conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto, said Moscow's military cooperation with China was "an element of stability and security in the world".

"When will our response follow?"

Thirty-five Russian diplomats were expelled from the United States in December under sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in response to Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

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