Russian Federation says USA sanctions amount to full-scale 'trade war'

Katrina Barker
August 4, 2017

Medvedev made the remarks shortly after Trump signed into law a bill by Congress that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

The new sanctions bill hits Russia's energy and defense sectors, and also includes fresh sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

With regards to Russian Federation, the sanctions notably constrains Trump's ability to waive the penalties - a statement of mistrust from the Republican-controlled Congress, which remains unsettled by Trump's warm words for President Vladimir Putin.

\Writing on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Medvedev said the sanctions package "ends hopes for improving our relations with the new U.S. administration", reports the BBC.

In early reaction from Moscow, Medvedev said in a Facebook post that the US through the sanctions has declared "a fully-fledged economic war", but said Russian Federation "will cope".

Trump signed the bill behind closed doors, without the fanfare that has customarily accompanied his signing of executive orders.

In retaliation for the new United States sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday announced a decision to reduce the United States diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people by September 1.

The US President's signature on Wednesday has come after some speculation that he could veto or not sign the legislation, which passed both chambers of Congress in overwhelming votes last week, CBS News reported.

"My administration. expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends, or our allies", continued President Trump. Trump says the bill is "seriously flawed", but he signed it under pressure from congressional Republicans and Democrats.

Trump's signature is significant given that he spent time on the 2016 campaign trail promoting a platform that included a warming of relations with Russian Federation and its President, Vladimir Putin.

Her job, Sanders said, is to communicate President Donald Trump's agenda and answer reporters questions as "honestly and "transparently" as possible "at any given moment".

The wishful thinking of Trump, an outsider in the establishment, to have better relations with Russian Federation is understandable.

Rep. Carter responded to the President's concerns on Wednesday.

A White House spokesperson later denied to the publication that the statement was said.

He also argued that there is a problem with the process that the bill created, letting Congress block any decision he might make to lift Russian sanctions.

Trump's explanation comes from a profile of the president by Golf magazine that was published Tuesday and will also appear in the August 7 edition of Sports Illustrated.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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