Russian Federation orders USA to cut diplomats in response to sanctions
Russian Federation orders USA to cut diplomats in response to sanctions
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30 Julio, 2017, 02:39
The ministry said "We propose to the USA side to bring the number of diplomatic and technical staff" working in Russia "in exact accordance" with the number of Russian diplomats and support staff in the United States by September 1.
The sanctions bill approved by the US Senate with a vote of 98 to 2 will also grant the US Congress the power to block US President Donald Trump from unilaterally lifting sanctions on Russian Federation, reports said.
The Russian foreign ministry also said it was seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by USA diplomats.
Russia's move came a day after the U.S. Senate approved new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
"I am sure that Europe will think more and more seriously and the Russian-EU relations... will be slowly but surely becoming more constructive", Slutsky said. It is, however, expected to garner enough support to override a Trump veto.
Besides angering Moscow, the legislation has upset the European Union, which has said the new sanctions might affect its energy security and prompt it to act, too.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that while Moscow has been doing "everything possible" to improve the relationship, "recent events showed that United States policy was in the hands of Russophobic forces, pushing Washington to the path of confrontation".
Both Obama and President George W. Bush routinely used "signing statements" when presented with pieces of congressional legislation which had provisions that they opposed if they were not prepared to veto the entire bill.
US President Donald Trump will sign the new sanctions against Russian Federation that were approved by Congress earlier this week, announced the White House on Friday. In addition to the sanctions on Russian Federation, the bill includes sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7. Some suggested EU's Russian Federation sanctions could also be lifted. Talking to reporters on Air Force One recently, Sanders told the press that Trump was "looking over where it stands" and that while he "has no intention of getting rid of them, he wants to make sure we get the best deal for the American people possible". The bill raised the threshold for when US firms would be prohibited from being part of energy projects that also included Russian businesses.
The sanctions are over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the U.S. election.
Lawmakers said they also made adjustments so the sanctions on Russia's energy sector did not undercut the ability of USA allies in Europe to get access to oil and gas resources outside of Russian Federation.
Many Republicans condemned Trump for the comment, including Sean Spicer, who later became the President's spokesman. The House-passed American Health Care Act: This bill never got voted down because it was never brought to debate.
They have consistently expressed anger over Iran's missile tests but have never called them violations of the deal. On the same day, the US Senate approved a bill imposing sweeping sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea .
The move came following United States lawmakers' decision to approve a new round of sanctions against Russian Federation . Russian officials said the Kremlin will not impose sanctions against America until Trump signs the bill .
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McCain voiced a similar message Friday in a statement explaining his vote against his party's latest effort to repeal Obamacare. At one point before the final vote, Trump called Pence, who handed the phone to McCain, a source briefed on the call told CNN .
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