Russian Federation takes first measures in response to USA sanctions

The bill, which includes a provision that allows Congress to stop any effort by Mr Trump to ease existing sanctions on Russian Federation, will now be sent to the White House for the President to sign into law or veto.

"It is a great pity that Russian-American relations are being sacrificed to this domestic, internal American issue", Putin said Thursday, according to CNN."What we are seeing (in the US) is merely anti-Russia hysteria".

The House passed their version of the legislation on Tuesday, while senators voted 98-2 on Thursday night to send the legislation to Trump's desk, The Hill reported. If the bill obtains enough bipartisan support among lawmakers, however, Congress would be able to override a veto.

The White House initially wavered on whether the president would sign the measure into law.

Never in doubt was a cornerstone of the legislation that bars Mr Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russian Federation unless the US Congress agrees.

Once Trump receives the bill, if he does not sign it, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, before he must issue a veto and prevent the bill from becoming law automatically.

The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad.

The new sanctions could see USA fines imposed on European Union investors in Russian energy projects.

It will become law when it is signed into life by the White House.

"This goes beyond all reasonable bounds", Putin said. McCain asked. "Very little".

"Should US authorities take new unilateral actions to reduce the number of Russian diplomats in the United States, a mirror answer will follow", a statement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation said.

In addition to that, Russian Federation suspends the use of all the warehouses and the property in Serebryany Bor in Moscow by the US Embassy as of August 1.

"If the president vetoes this bill, the American people will know that he is being soft on Putin, that he's giving a free pass to a foreign adversary who violated the sanctity of our democracy", Schumer said.

A spokesman for the European Commission said Friday that European officials will be watching the USA effort closely, vowing to "remain vigilant".

The administration officials and advisers demanded anonymity to discuss the private sanctions deliberations.

The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a 419-3.

But Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said that would be a serious mistake and called Scaramucci's remark an "off-handed comment". "And we want to make sure that they're tough sanctions and that they're durable sanctions".

"I can not imagine anybody is seriously thinking about vetoing this bill", said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "The President has every right to veto it, but it isn't going to change the votes".

Relations were already languishing at a post-Cold War low because of the allegations that Russian cyber interference in the election was meant to boost Trump's chances, something Moscow flatly denies.

Russia had originally threatened the ouster of diplomats and seizure of property in December after the USA ordered 35 Russian envoys out of the US and seized two embassy compounds outside NY and Washington in protest of alleged Russian meddling in the election.

The president denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

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