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Senate sends new Russian Federation sanctions bill to White House in overwhelming vote

Senate sends new Russian Federation sanctions bill to White House in overwhelming vote

The House passed the sanctions package on Tuesday in an overwhelming 419-3 vote, and an intra-GOP squabble that threatened to delay its passage was quickly resolved Wednesday night.

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday announced counter measures in response to tough new sanctions proposed by the United States, ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic staff.

The measure targets key Russian officials in retaliation for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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

It's unclear if Trump will sign the measure, which would restrict the President's ability to suspend or lift sanctions on Russian Federation in the future, but there are enough votes to overturn Trump's veto if he chooses to oppose the bill.

Putin contends that Obama's actions are proof that the anti-Russian news coverage following the election was part of a planned US political plot. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race and whether or not Trump's campaign may have colluded with Russia - an allegation that Trump and his associates have staunchly denied.

He has repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia sought to tip the election in his favour and has blasted as a "witch hunt" investigations into the extent of Russian interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. But White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested Trump in fact wanted stronger sanctions.

"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate a even tougher deal against the Russians".

The White House has said Trump is still evaluating the bill and supported strong sanctions against Russian Federation.

The sanctions against Russian Federation come at a time when Trump's campaign is being investigated for its ties to Russian Federation and attempts by that country to boost the Republican candidate previous year. We believed and we continue to believe that global issues could only be resolved jointly. "That doesn't make any sense", said Edward Fishman, a former State Department official during the Obama administration who worked on US sanctions policy.

"It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence towards our country", Putin added. What will it be?

Obama expelled members of Russia's diplomatic corps, ordered Russia's Foreign Ministry to vacate two compounds it owns in Maryland and NY and sanctioned Russia's mining and oil industries.

"Need to send [Russian President Vladimir] Putin a strong, clear message", Schumer said in a Twitter post.

But the European Union has also expressed concern about the sanctions, fearing that they might adversely affect its energy security.

Russia will give a "mirror response" should the United States introduce new unilateral measures to cut the numbers of Russian diplomats in the country.

Trump has faced accusations that his administration had sought to reassure Moscow that sanctions imposed near the end of the Obama administration could be lifted under a new presidency.


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