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Russia Retaliates For Sanctions Approval, Hitting At US Diplomatic Corps

01 August, 2017, 22:51 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Sergei Ryabkov Russia’s deputy foreign minister said that Washington risked creating “political deadlock”

He said if the USA were to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation it would be an act of "exceptional cynicism".

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping bipartisan sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran, and North Korea Thursday, 98-2.

The legislation specifies that President Trump can't ease the sanctions without congressional approval.

The measure, which notably constrains Trump's ability to waive the penalties, is aimed at penalizing the Kremlin for meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The ministry also said it would seize a Moscow warehouse and a country home in the suburb of Serebryany Bor that are used by the USA embassy.

Starting next Tuesday, Russia will also block American access to a warehouse facility in Moscow as well as a park on the Moscow River.

The ministry said it was seizing holiday properties and a warehouse used by USA diplomats.

The United States Embassy in Moscow and consulates general are expected to cut up to 300 of their staff members from the current 600 to 700 people, an informed source told Sputnik on Friday.

Olson said Ambassador John Tefft "expressed his strong disappointment and protest" with the move and passed the Russian government's notification to Washington for review.

Putin says Russian Federation will respond to 'insolence' of United States sanctions
The Russian President declared his hopes that Russian-US relations would be fixed, and bilateral cooperation would be stepped up. If the bill obtains enough bipartisan support among lawmakers, however, Congress would be able to override a veto.

The US Senate will vote on the bill to sanction Russia, Iran and North Korea after 5 p.m., Republican staffers said in a statement.

Lavrov added, however, that Moscow was ready to "normalize the bilateral ties with the US and cooperate on important global issues".

Ryabkov confirmed that the seizing of the properties was in response to the bill, but declined to say what other measures Russian Federation is willing to take if the United States continues to apply pressure. -Russian relations. Trump had hoped to improve ties but his administration has been clouded by US investigations of Russian meddling in the November election to sway the vote in Trump's favor.

"We hope that there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues and these sanctions will no longer be necessary".

"Senate will vote at 5:30 on tough Russian Federation sanctions pkg [package]".

Russian Federation has complained the new sanctions bill "showed with all clarity that relations with Russian Federation have fallen hostage to the domestic political struggle in the US". Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said in a statement.

Putin also spoke about a continuing row between Moscow and Washington which erupted last December when then U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the seizure of Russian diplomatic property in the United States and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.

It wasn't immediately clear how many US personnel would have to leave under the new order.

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