The US Senate voted almost unanimously on Thursday to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation despite President Donald Trump's objections to the legislation, Reuters reports.
But there was "very little political space or rational for Trump to veto", said Aaron David Miller, a vice president at the Wilson Center, said prior to the White House announcement Friday night.
Two administration officials say that Trump is likely to sign the bill, despite ongoing wrangling over language and bureaucracy. Plus, Congress has enough votes to override any veto attempt from the president.
The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping package of sanctions against North Korea, Russia and Iran on Thursday, tackling crude oil exports to Pyongyang, North Korean cargo and shipping, as well as goods produced by the regime using forced labor.
The European Union is remaining vigilant about the package of new USA sanctions on Russian Federation, amid fears the penalties could harm the bloc's energy security and impact European companies.
Members of both parties have grown concerned about Trump's eagerness to befriend Putin despite strong evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election and multiple investigations into alleged links between Trump associates and the Kremlin.
The bill threatens to further derail U.S.
Moscow is retaliating against the new sanctions placed on them by the United States demanding the US cuts is staff at their embassy to 455 people. US officials said the rural compounds were used for espionage.
"The Russian side is suspending the use of all storage facilities on Dorozhnaya Street in Moscow, and a cottage in Serebryaniy Bor by the US Embassy in Russia as of August 1", the ministry said in a statement.
"I would guess that he (Trump) will sign it", Corker told reporters. Russian Federation has a role to play in all three areas, leaving the USA with fewer options if the two nations are unable to reach an accord.
"This is already having an extremely negative impact on the process of normalizing our relations", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.
Ryabkov also warned of "potentially destructive consequences" from the legislation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on a conference call Friday that Moscow had made a decision to retaliate before the bill went to Trump because "technically the form passed by the Senate is more important" and is "almost final".
"This bill doesn't preclude him from issuing tougher sanctions". Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, introduced the Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea Act, or BRINK Act, that involves only North Korea.The senators said the House measure falls short of the aggressive sanctions needed to sever North Korea's ties to the global financial system and create the leverage necessary for successful nuclear negotiations.
That echoes arguments from Obama, who resisted Congressional intrusions into his nuclear diplomacy with Iran.
"But two key differences here make the Russian Federation case exceptional: the unprecedented interference (which Trump is the only person in Washington incapable of acknowledging) in our election, and the Administration's constant stream of lies about its ties to Russian Federation, which raise legitimate questions about why they want a deal", Finer added.
White House officials have previously complained that the bill is too restrictive.
The legislation heads to President Donald Trump.