Russia Retaliates, Will Boot US Diplomats Over New Sanctions

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"While the President supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the President's desk", she said.

Trump is also under intense pressure to sign the bill due to ongoing investigations by Congress and special prosecutor Robert Mueller into possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

But faced with heavy cross-party support for the bill in the House and Senate, the president had little choice but to sign the bill into law.

Russian Federation will likely retaliate in ways that go beyond the expulsion of U.S. diplomats and the seizure of American diplomatic recreation areas that took place Friday, said George Beebe, a former director of Russian Federation analysis at the Central Intelligence Agency, and others.

Trump will be supposed to notify the legislative branch of power on the plans to change the policies towards Russian Federation considerably with the aid of special reports, which the Congress will review within thirty or sixty days.

"He is in a lose-lose situation here", Beebe said.

Relations were already languishing at a post-Cold War low because of the allegations that Russian cyber interference in the election was meant to boost Trump's chances, something Moscow flatly denies.

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Hours earlier, the White House said that the measure was still being evaluated. "There's no rationale, no excuse for a veto", Miller said.

The legislation codifies sanctions put in place by President Obama following the Ukraine crisis and the discovery of Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The order means the United States would have to cut "hundreds" of personnel at its embassy and consulates in Russian Federation, according to a diplomat familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Russian government also seized two American facilities - a recreational country house outside Moscow and a storage facility in the Russian capital.

"Our stance remains that we will not accept any extraterritorial use whatsoever of these USA sanctions against European companies", Gabriel said in a statement. The White House said it was reviewing the bill, and it was unclear whether Trump will veto it.

Nevertheless, signing a bill that penalises Russia's election interference marks a significant shift for Mr Trump.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday slammed what it called "extreme aggressiveness of the United States in global affairs" and said Washington was using the "absolutely far-fetched pretext of Russia's interference in its internal affairs" to carry out "flagrantly anti-Russian actions". They target Russia's mining and oil industry.

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The bill has been sent to the president, with uncertainty over whether or not he will sign or veto it.

The bill gives Congress the ability to block Trump from lifting the Russian Federation sanctions and also includes new penalties against Iran and North Korea.

"Going forward, the House has committed to expeditiously consider and pass enhancements to the North Korea language, which multiple members of the Senate hope to make in the very near future", Corker said in his statement. "I just don't think that's a good way to start off as president".

The sanctions however did not touch upon cooperation in space exploration or, rather, the products and services NASA obtains from Russian Federation.

He said it was "well past time that we forcefully respond" to the conduct of all three countries, the New York Times reported.

"In the current circumstances, any attempt to improve ties with the United States is a waste of time", said Sergei Karaganov, a foreign-policy analyst. Arms control agreements and confidence building measures between the two militaries have atrophied, said Beebe.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin approved the ministry statement as a response to the U.S."Of course, such measures are impossible without authorization by the president", Peskov was quoted as saying by TASS.

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Russian Federation could actively work against USA interests worldwide, Beebe suggested. Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

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