Most Germans are against U.S. anti-Russian sanctions - poll results

Jul 31, 2017, 00:54
Most Germans are against U.S. anti-Russian sanctions - poll results

The bill, which passed the Senate and House with overwhelming majorities this week and was sent to the White House on Friday, will not only place new sanctions against the three countries, but it will prohibit Trump from unilaterally easing sanctions against Moscow.

Nevertheless he did not give any detail on what Russia's response could be, saying simply: "we will see", adding that he had not seen the final version of the USA sanctions bill.

"There is a tremendous and unprecedented effort by Congress to assert its influence on Russian Federation and foreign policy because it does not trust the president", said Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a former senior adviser at the Treasury Department. But Putin said he would wait, in an apparent effort to build trust with Trump and hope that the newly elected president would reverse the decision after his inauguration. And he's blasted as a "witch hunt" investigations into the extent of Russia's interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Republicans and Democrats have pushed for more sanctions partly as a response to the election allegations.

If Trump chooses to veto it, the bill is expected to garner enough support in both chambers to override his veto and pass it into law.

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Besides angering Moscow, the proposed legislation has upset the European Union, which has said the new sanctions might affect its energy security and prompt it to act, too.

"President Donald J Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late-night statement. Those sanctions also include punishments for Iran and North Korea.

The sanctions package imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said the bill's passage was long overdue, a jab at Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has called Putin a murderer and a thug. They've also traditionally favored a policy that keeps Moscow in check for its own aggressive measures in Eastern Europe and Syria, as well as its efforts to disrupt elections in the USA and across Europe.

Trump can impose new sanctions at any time through an executive order.

".The election of the USA president, it is not our business, and it is not up to us to assess what he does in this very senior post, that's up to the USA public", Putin said. If Trump rejected the bill, Corker said, Congress would overrule him.

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Thirty-five Russian diplomats were expelled from the United States in December under sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama in response to Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Lawmakers said they also made adjustments so the sanctions on Russia's energy sector didn't undercut the ability of US allies in Europe to get access to oil and gas resources outside of Russian Federation.

"It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence towards our country", Putin said after the House vote.

"This goes beyond all reasonable bounds", Putin said.

It accused the U.S. of using the law to "create unfair competitive advantages for the United States in the global economy" and said its actions breached worldwide law.

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