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U.S. says cuts to staff in Russian Federation 'uncalled for'

U.S. says cuts to staff in Russian Federation 'uncalled for'

The Trump administration opposes the legislation as it requires congressional approval for the president to lift previous sanctions on Russian Federation, according to United States media reports.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told USA counterpart Rex Tillerson on July 28, 2017 that Moscow remained ready to work with Washington despite striking back at new sanctions being readied approved by Congress. "Lavrov confirmed that our country is still ready to normalise bilateral relations with the u.s. and to cooperate on the most important worldwide issues", Russia's foreign ministry said after a phone call between the two top diplomats.

The bill, which gives Congress new powers to block Trump from easing sanctions against Moscow, passed the Senate 98-2 on Thursday, reports CNN.

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.

"This bill will prevent President Trump from relaxing sanctions on Russian Federation without Congressional review", said Sen. It passed the House on Tuesday 419-3.

Earlier on Thursday, a senior White House aide said Trump could veto the pending legislation in order to push for a tougher deal, an idea that drew skepticism in Congress because his administration had spent weeks lobbying for a weaker bill.

The law will be sent for signature to the President of the United States Donald Trump, who has the right to veto it.




Trump had campaigned on a promise to improve ties with Russian Federation. The president denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Former President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian estates at the end of December 2016 due to Russia's alleged interference.

After the House passed the bill, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was reviewing the legislation but supports "tough sanctions".

The legislation puts Trump in a hard position.

He said he hoped "today's state of affairs will end at some point and we will move on to a new quality of relations, we will strengthen them and build them up in the interests of the peoples of the U.S. and Russian Federation". In exchange, McCarthy pledged to take up future North Korean sanctions that come from the Senate.

If Trump were to veto the bill, the House vote is well above the two-thirds margin needed for an override.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer derided as "laughable" Scaramucci's assertion that Trump could negotiate even tougher sanctions against Russian Federation. "It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country", Putin told a joint news conference with his Finnish counterpart.

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