Donald Trump intends to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill: White House

Donald Trump intends to sign Russian Federation sanctions bill: White House

Russian Federation responded to proposed USA sanctions for its suspected meddling in the 2016 election on Friday, by seizing two US diplomatic properties in the country and ordering that the US downsize its diplomatic staff in the country.

The Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and infuriate his own Republican Party.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also warned the USA it would respond in kind if Washington made a decision to expel any Russian diplomats. He's repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation sought to tip the election in his favor.

In 2012 Congress passed the Magnitsky Act, freezing the assets of key Russians after 37-year-old Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney for a U.S. investor, discovered a vast scheme of official corruption.

Senators overwhelmingly approved the bill with a vote of 98-2, a day after the House and Senate agreed on the terms. Lawmakers said they also made adjustments so the sanctions on Russia's energy sector didn't undercut the ability of US allies in Europe to get access to oil and gas resources outside of Russian Federation.

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

Never in doubt was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russian Federation unless Congress agrees. Russia's tit-for-tat decision to expel hundreds of United States diplomats and seize two U.S. compounds may be an acknowledgment in Moscow that Trump's ability to bring better ties is limited, at best, and the start of a new downward spiral in relations.

If the bill passes the Senate, it would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or 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. Dan Fried, who retired in February, said "panicky" officials called him looking for a way to prevent Trump from lifting sanctions without conditions.

It also imposes restrictions on anyone involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and those who do business with them.

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The two would need to be reconciled and a final bill passed by both chambers before it reaches the president's desk. Rand Paul introduced the amendment - within two years, and come up with a replacement plan in the meantime.

"This bipartisan bill is about keeping America safe, and I urge the president to sign it into law", House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., said this week in a statement.

A presidential veto can, in turn, be overridden by a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate - where just a handful of politicians voted against the bill.

The sanctions bill was received by the White House at 1:53 pm (1753 GMT), a U.S. government source told AFP.

"This kind of blackmail aimed at restricting the cooperation between Russian Federation and other nations is a threat for many countries and global businesses", the statement said.

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

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

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