UnconvincedTrumpPunishes Russia

The US Congress forced President Donald Trump to sign a package of sanctions already rejected by Russia

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2017-08-03 | 15:02:59 EST
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WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump signed a bill hardening sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite his doubts previously expressed by the White House and the critics of the European Union (EU).

According to DPA, Trump said that he ratified the law on behalf of national unity and following the public necessity in the United States to see changes in Russia’s attitude. However, he considered as unconstitutional some elements.

Last week the congress had passed the bill by an overwhelming majority, assuring that the president cannot lift sanctions on Russia without the consent of the House of Representatives and the Senate, so he knew that opposing would expose him.

"I am in favor of tough measures to punish and discourage bad behavior by regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang. I also support making it clear that USA will not tolerate interference in our democratic process and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russia's subversion and destabilization", he said in a communiqué, after a somewhat discreet signature.

The president admitted he signed despite the bill remained seriously flawed and expressed his concern over the limits it imposed in terms of foreign policy. “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," he said before stating that as President I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.”

The sanctions against Moscow, answered by the Kremlin, point to the main economic sectors, among them the energetic one, and it allows to punish investments of companies of other countries that support the Russian capacity to construct, to maintain or to extend gas pipelines.

The European Union (EU) reacted. “The law could have involuntary unilateral consequences with effects on EU energetic security interests” said President of the European CommissionJean-Claude Juncker. German Minister of Economy said that the package was seen as illegal.

From Moscow, EFE reported, Kremlin expressed that the enactment of that legislation does not change anything.

Russian senatorial International Relations Committee President Konstantin Kosachov said “the United Statesleft no space for a constructive cooperation”with Moscow and warned that, with this new step dividing the USA and Russia affects the pespectives of settling conflicts with North Korea and Iran.

Translated by ESTI

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