BBCI: Trump to sign bill imposing fresh sanctions on Russian Federation

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BBCI: Trump to sign bill imposing fresh sanctions on Russian Federation

The move, which Russian Federation had been threatening, came a day after the U.S. Senate passed legislation 98-2 to expand economic sanctions against Russian Federation, along with Iran and North Korea. The White House has not said whether the president will sign the bill.

She says the president has "reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it". The bill had been sent to the Senate, after passing the House of Representatives on Tuesday, also with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

Russian Federation ordered a reduction in US diplomatic staff in Moscow and other cities on Friday, and may seize USA properties - in response to new sanctions from Congress.

Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday that the USA was "stubbornly taking one crudely anti-Russian step after another, using the utterly fictitious pretext of Russian interference in its internal affairs".

The US Senate had voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation, forcing Trump to choose between a tough position on Moscow and effectively dashing his stated hopes for warmer ties with the country or to veto the bill amid investigations in possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

The US ambassador to Russian Federation has condemned Moscow's retaliatory measures to the proposed new round of sanctions by Washington.

Trump had privately expressed frustration over Congress' ability to limit or override the power of the president on national security matters, according to Trump administration officials and advisers.

President Trump intends to sign a bill providing sweeping sanctions against Russian Federation, the White House announced on Friday night.

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. The bill would authorize sanctions on entities that provide North Korea with crude oil, or employ guest workers from the country, who often work in inhumane conditions and are denied access to basic wages and benefits.

"Not only are the Democrats to a man and woman against any form of improving ties because they are angry about Russia's election interference, but a lot of Republicans are concerned as well", Stent said.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, who helped broker the Senate sanctions deal, said he spoke to both the President and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in recent days about the bill.

"This practice is unacceptable - it destroys internatioanl relations and worldwide law", Putin said of sanctions.

"The new sanctions are meant not only to penalize the targeted countries but third parties such as the European enterprises which are collaborating together with Russian Federation in various projects", the analyst said. The US also expelled 35 Russian diplomats and denied Russian diplomatic staff access to the NY and Maryland compounds. "It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country".

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