"While the president supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the president's desk", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing.
The sanctions are over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the USA election.
Russia, Iran and North Korea and limit President Donald Trump's ability to lift the restrictions on Moscow.
"While the President supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the President's desk", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Putin, who has repeatedly denied meddling in the campaign said Moscow would only decide on how to retaliate once it had seen the final text of the proposed law.
Ryabkov confirmed that the seizing of the properties was in response to the bill, but declined to say what other measures Russian Federation is willing to take if the United States continues to apply pressure.
Although the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act also punishes North Korea and Iran for their aggression, the Russia portion of the legislation has received the most attention, given Mr. Trump's reluctance to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin or acknowledge Russian meddling in the election. Sanctions against Iran and North Korea are in response to those nations' weapons programs.
He said it was "well past time that we forcefully respond" to the conduct of all three countries, the New York Times reported. But the notion that Trump would veto the bill in order to negotiate "a tougher deal" against Russian Federation directly contradicts the fact that the White House was openly lobbying House representatives to water down the bill earlier this month.Читайте также: Embattled Trump replaces chief of staff
Hours earlier, the White House said that the measure was still being evaluated.
The bill underwent revisions to address concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them to Moscow's benefit.
His comments come as Russian Federation announced Friday that it would seize US diplomatic properties and expel scores of USA diplomats and other staff members.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle urged the president Thursday to sign the bill into law.
The votes for passage would far exceed the two-thirds supermajorities needed in each chamber to override a presidential veto.
"As you know, we are exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate".
"It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence towards our country", the Russian leader said of the sanctions.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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