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Russian Federation following sanctions: 'Trump's administration has demonstrated total impotence'

03 August 2017

President Donald Trump has grudgingly signed what he called a "seriously flawed" package of sanctions against Russian Federation.

Moscow's reaction to the bill was icy, as evidenced in a Facebook post by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who noted that "a fully-fledged trade war has been declared on Russia" and that the sanctions "ended Russian hopes for an improvement in relations with the new USA administration", which he characterized as "utterly impotent".

Russia may impose counter-measures on the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a new round of economic sanctions on Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

"You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!", he added in reference to a recent defeat in the Senate on his health care reform plans.

Trump did not want to surrender that authority, and in his legal statement accompanying the bill signing, he laid the groundwork for potentially challenging the law down the road.

But the legislation - which also includes measures against North Korea and Iran - greatly limits his room for maneuver and underlines the lack of trust from lawmakers, even though his own Republican Party controls both houses of Congress. And he coupled it with a written statement that accused Congress of overstepping its constitutional bounds, impeding his ability to negotiate with foreign countries and lacking any ability to strike deals.

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Moscow has already ordered the USA to slash diplomatic staff in Russian Federation by 755 personnel in response.

The attack followed Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Sunday that the USA must cut its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people, in a delayed response to the seizure of Russian compounds and the expulsion of 35 diplomats by the Obama administration to punish the alleged election meddling. He said that it "encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate".

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced the measure as a "full-scale trade war" and an end to "the hope that our relations with the new American administration would improve", while personally mocking Trump.

The legislation limits the amount of money Americans can invest in Russian energy projects, and makes it more hard for United States companies to do business with Russia.

His comments were far more robust than any made in Europe by Trump, who has been solicitous to Russian Federation for his entire presidency.

President Trump on Thursday blamed Congress for the current "very dangerous" relationship with Russian Federation.

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Ryan's brief statement makes no mention of Trump's criticism of the legislation that had passed the House overwhelmingly last week.

Mr Medvedev also warned that new steps would follow aimed at removing President Trump - whom he described as a "non-systemic player" - from power.

A provision in the new sanctions bill requiring Trump to get congressional approval before altering or lifting sanctions on Russian Federation has also been a major point of contention between the White House and Congress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the bill sends a "powerful message to our adversaries that they will be held accountable for their actions".

The delay had raised speculation that Trump might veto or try to somehow shelve the sanctions, which were approved in a 98-2 Senate vote. In the UN, Russia condemned the sanctions adding that they will not lead Russia to change anything.

Trump's statement on Wednesday drew criticism from Sen.

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Russian Federation following sanctions: 'Trump's administration has demonstrated total impotence'