Vladimir Putin : Russian President says US sanctions will 'complicate relations'

Vladimir Putin : Russian President says US sanctions will 'complicate relations'

The ongoing FBI, House, Senate, and now Special Prosecutor investigations involving Mr Trump, his campaign team, and alleged ties to Russian Federation, as well as reports that two US-based diplomatic compounds could be returned to Moscow have all triggered concern over the administration's stance. The Administration obviously opposes it.

The new sanctions include additional punitive measures against Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries and restrict dealings with the country's banks and energy companies.

The White House has yet to announce its position on the legislation, and whether it approves of a process of congressional review that would essentially restrict the president s actions with regard to Putin s government.

The bill would also impose sanctions on Iran with regard to its ballistic missile activities that are not linked to the nuclear agreement the Arab country signed with the US and other countries.

"Since the State Department actively interacts with the lawmakers, the White House is confident that it has allies in the House of Representatives, who are also concerned about the prospect of breaking the tradition and limiting the control of the executive power over the sanctions", Politico writes. Further pressure mounted last week, when top Democrats made it clear that their support for the Iran sanctions bill, which is popular among Republicans, was contingent upon additional Russian Federation sanctions. On the eve of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's testimony before the Senate over an alleged meeting with the Russian ambassador, Republicans and Democrats on the Banking and Foreign Relations Committees announced an agreement to strengthen and expand Russia sanctions.

House Republicans, to smooth the road, might be inclined to soften the bill's Russia-related provisions. Two Obama era State Department officials were alarmed at the review and told Senators Ben Cardin and Lindsey Graham that it appeared the president wanted to lift sanctions on Russian Federation.

The White House is seeking to influence some GOP House members to ease up on the Senate-passed Russian Federation sanctions, hoping that the lower chamber will provide "administration-friendly" changes, according to Politico. On May 26, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn hinted that the Trump White House might back additional sanctions.

Tillerson has said Trump tasked him with a "re-engagement process with Russian Federation", including greater cooperation in Syria and deputy-level meetings to deal with "irritants" in the relationship.

The House will take up the legislation next, although it has not yet scheduled any vote.

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