The White House has received a bill that would ramp up sanctions against Russian Federation, which President Donald Trump must now sign into law or veto.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Thursday that the President would review the sanctions bill.
The proposed measures target Russia's energy sector as part of legislation that prevents President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without congressional approval. The BRINK Act mandates a set of sanctions on banks that do business with North Korea to cut off this access.The BRINK Act also imposes severe and escalating fines on those banks, tools that were essential in bringing Iran to the nuclear negotiating table and that are not included in the House bill, the release said.
Moscow's latest move comes a day after the US Senate passed sweeping legislation slapping new sanctions on Russian Federation and limiting President Donald Trump's ability to remove them.
The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad. "That doesn't make any sense", said Edward Fishman, a former State Department official during the Obama administration who worked on USA sanctions policy.
Other than Russian Federation, the legislation also seeks to make Iran pay for its "continued support of terrorism", and includes provisions to curb North Korea's nuclear programme.
The legislation puts Trump in a hard position.
It said Trump had familiarized himself with earlier versions of the bill and had held talks on its crucial provisions.
Trump can impose new sanctions at any time through an executive order. The Kremlin has slammed the new USA bill as disappointing in terms of worldwide law and trade relations. "It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country".
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is behaving patiently amid sanctions, but the time will come when Moscow will be forced to respond to arrogance, adding that if adopted, the U.S. anti-Russia sanctions bill would be an "extra-cynical move". "And now these sanctions - they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of global law".
"It is a great pity that Russian-American relations are being sacrificed to this domestic, internal American issue", Putin said Thursday, according to CNN."What we are seeing (in the US) is merely anti-Russia hysteria".