Russian Federation boots USA diplomats in retaliation for new sanctions

Russian Federation boots USA diplomats in retaliation for new sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was also seizing a Moscow dacha compound used by United States diplomats to relax from August 1, as well as a United States diplomatic warehouse in Moscow.

President Trump intends to sign a bill that will place new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea, the White House announced on Friday.

The move comes after Russia has repeatedly expressed anger at Washington for barring its diplomats access to two compounds in the USA in December a year ago, under former United States president Barack Obama, in response to suspected Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

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

"Any significant goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part by the labor of North Korean nationals or citizens shall be deemed to be prohibited. and shall not be entitled to entry at any of the ports of the U.S.", the bill reads. But vote tallies in the House and Senate - 419-3 and 98-2, respectively - meant that a Trump veto would have likely been overridden.

At the top of Russia's wish list is an easing of U.S. sanctions imposed for its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its destabilization of eastern Ukraine, something the Senate action would all but rule out.

Moscow ordered the United States to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russian Federation to 455 diplomats and staff, and also barred it from using a Moscow summer house and storage facility.

Congress is seemingly intent on doing just about anything in their power to stop President Trump from making America great again.

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Michael McFaul, the U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation from 2012-2014, said he does not think that Russian Federation will escalate tensions with the United States just yet because Trump's assertions that he wants better relations with Moscow are encouraging Putin to continue seeking some kind of accommodation with the USA president.

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. Dan Fried, who retired in February, said "panicky" officials called him looking for a way to prevent Trump from lifting sanctions without conditions.

The sanctions package imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. He said that he would wait to see how Mr Trump reacted after he came into the White House.

"I can not imagine anybody is seriously thinking about vetoing this bill", said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

On Thursday, during his very odd telephone call to CNN, White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested Trump may veto the bill and propose even stronger sanctions.

Putin said he regretted the deterioration in US-Russia ties because if the two nations acted together they would be "much more able to solve the acute problems which exist around the world and in Russia and the United States", such as combating terrorism, tackling environmental issues, fighting illegal migration and organized crime, and helping promote economic growth.

Signing a bill that penalises Russia's election interference marks a significant shift for Trump.

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

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