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Russian Federation orders United States to cut diplomatic staff

30 July 2017

President Donald Trump will sign a bill into law that would ramp up sanctions against Russian Federation, the White House said Friday, ending speculation over whether he would veto the measure.

Russian Federation is also suspending the use of a United States storage facility in Moscow and a country house, or dacha, outside of Moscow by August 1. Both were veto-proof numbers. Signing the measure would dilute his power.

"Trump read early drafts of the bill and negotiated regarding critical elements of it", spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The legislation bars Trump from easing or waiving the penalties on Russian Federation unless Congress agrees. The bill would also add sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

Before Trump's decision to sign the bill into law, Sen.

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

Tefft referred to Moscow's decision to reduce the number of USA diplomats in Russian Federation to 455 by September 1, as well as the suspension of the use of all storage facilities by the U.S. embassy as of August 1. The ministry is also suspending the U.S. Embassy's use of two sites - a storage facility and a dacha on an island in the Moscow River.

Trump hasn't threatened to reject the bill even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior administration officials had objected to a mandated congressional review should the president attempt to ease or lift the sanctions on Russian Federation.

".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 United States public", Putin said.

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

But faced with heavy bipartisan support for the bill in the House and Senate, the president had little choice but to sign the bill into law.

But Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said that would be a serious mistake and called Scaramucci's remark an "off-handed comment".

"This bill doesn't preclude him from issuing tougher sanctions".

"I can not imagine anybody is seriously thinking about vetoing this bill", said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. House and Senate committees and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are examining possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The new package of sanctions aims to hit President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle by targeting allegedly corrupt officials, human rights abusers and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.

The bill, if approved, threatens to further derail U.S. Goods produced by North Korea's forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States, according to the bill.

It also imposes restrictions on anyone involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and those who do business with them. The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

Russian Federation orders United States to cut diplomatic staff