Russia Relations at 'Very Dangerous Low' After Sanctions Bill

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Klass added: "Given Trump's, shall we say, loose relationship with the truth he's going to be exposed to a very huge risk if he ends up under oath".

"The hope of improving our relations with the new US administration has come to an end", Medvedev said Wednesday on the social media Facebook, commenting on the signing into law of a new US sanctions bill by US President Donald Trump.

In a preemptive diplomatic move against the USA new sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Sunday a reduction of 755 staff in the United States diplomatic mission in Russia by September 1.

The new act strips the authority of the USA presidential office to lift sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by executive orders signed by former President Barack Obama, requiring Trump to seek congressional approval for such an act.

Moscow said the sanctions may lead to a full-scale trade war with the USA, while European governments have threatened Washington with retaliation if the legislation harms European business interests.

On Thursday, reports emerged that special investigator Robert Mueller had impaneled a grand jury to investigate the issue, a step toward possible criminal indictments.

The legislation - which also includes measures against North Korea and Iran - targets the Russian energy sector, giving Washington the ability to sanction companies involved in developing Russian pipelines, and placing curbs on some Russian weapons exporters. "Second, it is a declaration of a full-fledged economic war on Russian Federation". Both U.S. chambers passed the bill to take the power of lifting sanctions on Russian Federation from Trump, with an overwhelming majority.

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"The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way", Medvedev wrote, lauding the "U.S. establishment" for having "fully outwitted" the White House.

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

Iran reacted angrily, saying the new sanctions against it "violated" its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and warned it would respond "appropriately".

Trump himself has attacked the US polyarchy for stifling his agenda, though the comprehensive checks and balances system that restricts presidential power in the USA has been hollowed out in Russian Federation.

Yesterday, Moscow criticized the sanctions.

By signing it, he avoided the humiliating prospect of Congress overriding his veto.

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