Trump reluctantly approves bill imposing new sanctions on Russia

The US President said he signed the bill “for the sake of national unity” despite viewing it as “seriously flawed.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday approved a series of new sanctions against Russia, amid rising tensions between the countries and following Russia's decision to reduce the presence of US diplomats.

The bill signed by Trump not only imposes new sanctions on Russia, but also restricts Trump's ability to lift existing ones. In a statement, Trump said he signed the bill “for the sake of national unity” despite viewing it as “seriously flawed.”

“By limiting the executive's flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” Trump said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered earlier this week to send back 755 US diplomats by September, after Congress approved the new sanctions in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election.

Putin told Russian television that his country is “running out of patience” waiting for an improvement of relations with the US.

“We’ve waited for quite some time for something to change for the better,” he said. “We had big hopes for some kind of change, but it seems as though this change is still far away.”



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