United States sanctions against us 'dangerous' and 'short-sighted': Russian Federation

Claudine Rigal
Août 3, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump signed off on new unilateral sanctions against Russian Federation overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives and Senate in a bipartisan move that has plunged ties between Washington and Moscow to a new low.

Donald Trump has passed on Wednesday of new sanctions adopted by an overwhelming majority by the american congressmen to punish Moscow for its interference in the american presidential election and its role in the Ukraine.

The Trump administration "has shown its complete weakness" by signing the law and "relations between Russian Federation and the US are going to be extremely tense", he said.

"The hopes have already ended even if there is a residual feeling that Trump, if he was allowed to, would behave differently", Fyodor Lukyanov, who heads Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a Kremlin advisory group, said by phone.

"I think it is very unclear exactly where the administration intends to go in our dealings with Russian Federation or how it intends to put together a coherent strategy for dealing with Moscow", said George Beebe, a former director of Russian Federation analysis for the Central Intelligence Agency. "You can thank Putin for attacking our democracy, invading neighbors & threatening our allies". "Trump's administration has demonstrated total impotence by surrendering its executive authority to Congress in the most humiliating way", said Medvedev, adding that the new sanctions will lead to an "all-out trade war" between the two countries.

United States intelligence agencies have found that Vladimir Putin's government meddled in last year's U.S. presidential election campaign, and a special counsel and USA congressional panels are investigating.

After meeting his Russian counterpart at a G20 summit in Germany last month, Trump said he wanted to work more closely with Moscow on areas such as the conflict in Syria. He also blasted Congress for its inability to pass healthcare reform in Wednesday's statement.

"It is a declaration of a full-fledged economic war on Russia", Medvedev wrote.

The legislation is aimed at penalizing Moscow for its interference in the US presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad. Even so, the Russian response will be "symbolic" and the Kremlin will try not to burn all its bridges with Trump, he said. It also toughens sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

The US Congress has welcomed the new sanctions, a sharp deviation from what Trump believes in.

But the perilous situation is also being exacerbated by the lack of a clear White House approach toward Russian Federation.

The law aims to punish Russian Federation for its alleged meddling in the 2016 United States elections, its actions in Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

"The bill remains seriously flawed - particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate", he argued in a separate statement. "The President is not happy about the sanctions, yet he could not but sign the bill".

The legislation limits the amount of money Americans can invest in Russian energy projects, and makes it more hard for U.S. companies to do business with Russia.

In other Twitter remarks Thursday, Trump lauded the US economy under his watch, and said that a Sports Illustrated report that he called the White House "a real dump" compared to his own golf course resorts was "totally untrue".

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