Donald Trump to sign Russian Federation sanctions, Moscow retaliates

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017.

US President Donald Trump will sign legislation that imposes sanctions on Russian Federation, the White House said on Friday, after Moscow ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff and said it would seize two US diplomatic properties in retaliation for the bill.

A Russian foreign ministry statement demanded the USA cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455 - the same number Moscow has in the US - in a move sources said could force out hundreds of diplomats.

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 EC is following the current situation and the whole process very carefully, and will be closely watching the practical implementation of the law, Winterstein said at a briefing in Brussels on Friday. 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. It passed the House earlier this week in a bipartisan 419-3 vote.

"This bill ensures Congress will continue to play a leading role in defending the American people and our allies from these serious threats while providing the Trump administration appropriate national security flexibility", he said. Trump's communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, had suggested Thursday that Trump might veto the bill and "negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians".

"I can not imagine anybody is seriously thinking about vetoing this bill", said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus replaced
The CNN report said that Priebus lacked strong support from key members of Trump's inner circle. "I'm here to serve the country". As Secretary of Homeland Security, Kelly has played a key role in the border security of the Trump administration.

Russian Federation denies it interfered in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion. "I just don't think that's a good way to start off as president". And he's blasted as a "witch hunt" investigations into the extent of Russia's interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

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

Notably, the new legislation includes restrictive measures against Russian private individuals and separate economic sectors.

Germany's foreign minister says his country won't accept new US sanctions against Russian Federation being applied to European companies but is underlining Berlin's hopes of coordinating policy toward Moscow.

The North Korea sanctions are meant to thwart Pyongyang's ambition for nuclear weapons by cutting off access to the cash the reclusive nation needs to follow through with its plans.

"The near unanimous votes for the sanctions legislation in Congress represent the strong will of the American people to see Russian Federation take steps to improve relations with the United States", he said.

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