Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Russian Federation vows to retaliate over new U.S. sanctions

Russian Federation vows to retaliate over new U.S. sanctions

The bill to expand sanctions against Russia, approved by the US House of Representative, seriously undermines the possibility of restoring Russian-US ties, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky said.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said the US isn't entitled to tell European companies how to do business with a third country, but the legislation has improved from the original proposal.

He said this is having an extremely negative impact on the process of normalizing our relations.

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The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier this month that too many American spies operated in Russia under diplomatic cover and that it might expel some of them to retaliate over Washington's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats previous year.

Trump, for instance, would need lawmakers' approval to return Russian diplomatic properties that were seized under the previous administration in December 2016.

"The attitude to this (law) will be formed on the basis of a thorough analysis, and the decision (on how to respond) will certainly be taken by the head of state, President Putin", Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, told a conference call with reporters.

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Commenting on the vote in the House of Representatives of the US Congress on the draft law on tightening unilateral sanctions against Russian Federation, he said that the adoption of the bill is a deliberate choice of enemies of Russian Federation in the United States: "This must be understood and acted reasonably and calmly".

The bill, which also would impose new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, now goes to the Senate, where members of both parties have spoken in favor of revisions made to a version of the legislation they passed last month. "We are not giving in to emotions", Ryabkov said.

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