Senate backs Russian Federation sanctions, setting scene for European Union clash


1, US staff will also be barred from using a recreational property on the bucolic island of Serebryany Bor, along with being barred from using warehouses on Moscow's Dorozhnaya Street.

Putin, at a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, also spoke about Obama's order last December to seize Russian diplomatic property in the United States and to expel 35 Russian diplomats.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that will slap tougher sanctions on Russia, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), two days after the bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

If Mr 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. But President Vladimir Putin at the time delayed the retaliatory steps in what officials said was an olive branch to the incoming Trump administration.

The Russian foreign ministry said this was a response to the passing of a new bill on sanctions by the senate late on Thursday.

The United States was told cut the number of diplomats and staff in Russian Federation to 455 and was also barred from using a Moscow summer house and storage facility.

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Reportedly it punishes Russian Federation for its alleged role in Ukraine's crisis and the US presidential election, the claims that Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Russia has repeatedly expressed anger at Washington barring its diplomats access to two compounds in the USA in December past year under former president Barack Obama, in response to suspected Russian meddling in the United States election.

The bill would affect a range of Russian industries and might further hurt the Russian economy, already weakened by 2014 sanctions imposed after the Ukraine crisis. "We stand for global law, for the fair, consistent finding of necessary solutions to world problems, which can be found only together", Ryabkov said. A July 17 meeting between US and Russian officials, for example, failed to find a solution to a dispute over the seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States.

An official in the White House wouldn't say whether Trump would sign it, saying only that they are reviewing the bill and that the administration supports sanctions against the three countries. As we wrote last month, Germany and Austria have fumed that the sanctions threaten European energy interests, by targeting (among other European-Russian ventures) the Gazprom co-financed Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany.

"The US Bill could have unintended unilateral effects that impact the EU's energy security interests".

Before Mr Trump's decision to sign the bill into law, Republican senator John McCain said its passage was long overdue, a jab at Mr Trump and Republican-controlled Congress.