US Issues Statement on Sanctions against Russia, Iran, N. Korea

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Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it. The policy will also add sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

The United States continues to pass more unlawful sanctions against Russia, to seize Russias diplomatic property, which is formalised in binding bilateral documents, and to deport Russian diplomats.

On Friday, the Russian foreign ministry said that in response to the U.S.' fresh round of anti-Russian sanctions it reduced the number of USA diplomats in Russia to 455 and closes access to the embassy's compound in Serebryany Bor from August 1.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that the United States Congress passed a new bill for tougher anti-Russia sanctions, which forced them to take the retaliatory action.

It also warned the U.S. it would respond in kind if Washington chose to expel any Russian diplomats.

"(The Russians) have taken Trump's measure and while they are willing to exploit his goofy fixation on Putin and naive sense you can do deals with someone like Putin. they realize his clownish performance as president makes it really hard for him to deliver on any of the big things that Russia wants", said Andrew Weiss, a former national security council Russia expert.

Immediately after the United States ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats in December, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recommended a tit-for-tat expulsion of 35 USA diplomats and the shuttering of two American facilities in Russia. The proposed legal act requires the US government should go ahead with resistance to the laying of this pipeline.

That severely limits Trump's ability to cut a deal with Putin, whose top priority is the rollback of US and European sanctions against his economy and associates. This news was confirmed by #White House after the Congress approved the policy that would press new penalties against Russian Federation on Thursday.

U.S. intelligence agencies believe Russian Federation tried to sway the election in favour of Mr Trump and several investigations are looking into whether anyone from his campaign colluded.

Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed hope that Russian Federation would adopt a conciliatory approach after Americans implement fresh sanctions against Moscow.

The White House did win some changes to the legislation since its first passage by the House and Senate, including ones sought by energy companies that could be penalized, it was clear that Trump plans to sign the final product only grudgingly. McCain asked. "Very little". "I just don't think that's a good way to start off as president". The legislation, could put strain on Trump's ability to improve ties with Russia, which he has vocally pursued, but has been restrained by the allegations that his associates had contacts with Russian officials during the election campaign.

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