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Tensions Running High: How Anti-Russia Sanctions Bill Can Affect EU

Tensions Running High: How Anti-Russia Sanctions Bill Can Affect EU”

The legislation, McCain said would impose mandatory sanctions on transactions with the Russian defence or intelligence sectors, including the FSB and the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency that was primarily responsible for Russia's attack on United States election.

Tillerson added that he hoped potential future U.S. -Russia cooperation would make the sanctions unnecessary at some point.

She further spoke about how Brussels could react to the new anti-Russia sanctions, saying that back when there were sanctions imposed against Cuba by the U.S., they had an extra-territorial effect but the European Union united together to counter those effects. Access to the properties was closed for the Russian personnel.

US Ambassador John Tefft "expressed his strong disappointment and protest" at the Russian retaliatory move on Friday, as cited by Russian news agencies and Western media. It is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the 2016 USA presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad.

The ministry said that this was in response to the passing of a new bill on sanctions by the Senate late Thursday.

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Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction in the number of USA diplomats in Russian Federation and said it was closing down a US recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russian Federation.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson by telephone that Russia was ready to normalise relations with the United States and to cooperate on major global issues. The ministry is also suspending the U.S. Embassy's use of two sites - a storage facility and a dacha on an island in the Moscow River.

The new sanctions were in part a response to the agencies' findings that Russian Federation did meddle in the election, and to further punish Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday said it is ordering the U.S. Embassy in Russian Federation to reduce the number of its diplomats by September 1. That was over an alleged Kremlin hacking and influence campaign to sway the 2016 US elections in favour of Trump.

The new package of sanctions aims to hit President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle by targeting alleged corrupt officials, human rights abusers and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.

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By signing the bill into law, Donald Trump cannot ease the sanctions against Russian Federation unless he seeks congressional approval.

The bill underwent revisions to address concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them to Moscow's benefit.

"The Russian decision to reduce USA diplomatic staff appears linked directly to the new Congressional sanctions bill", Steven Pifer, senior fellow of Brookings Institution, told Xinhua.

As the below infographic shows, the United States imports more goods from Russian Federation than it exports, according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The US also expelled 35 Russian diplomats and denied Russian diplomatic staff access to the NY and Maryland compounds.

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Lawmakers say they want to prevent the president from acting on his own to lift penalties imposed by the previous administration for meddling in last year's USA election and for aggression in Ukraine.



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