US President Donald Trump on August 2 signed a new bill into law that imposes tough new sanctions on the governments of Russia, Iran and North Korea, albeit the president expressed reservations about restrictions on executive power and warned that the measures could actually unite the countries targeted.
The legislation overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress, leaving Trump with little choice but to sign it into law.
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The new US sanctions against Russia contribute to the uncertainty in the European gas market, according to S&P Global Ratings.
The recent exchange of warning between the US and North Korean leaders serve as a distraction from the existential North Korean problem, UN Human Rights expert Tomas Ojea Quintana said in a press release on Friday.
Bilateral relations between Washington and Moscow continue to remain at an unprecedentedly low level. The US is considering a response to the expulsion of American diplomatic staff from Russia. According to political analyst Dmitry Zhuravlev, the US and Russia will try to break this deadlock.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called new US sanctions against Russia "outrageous."
Turkey wants the United States and North Korea to prevent a military conflict and calls on both countries to settle the crisis in their relations by peaceful means, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Friday.
Despite Washington’s persistent efforts to hurt Moscow, the new US law stipulating sanctions against Russia is likely to have an unexpected reverse effect, particularly stimulating the Russian economy, according to prominent political analyst Vladimir Lepekhin.
The latest round of US sanctions against Russia is causing uncertainty on the European gas markets and leading to a price rise that may inflict a "negative blow" to the European economy, Dr. Thierry Bros, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, told Radio Sputnik.
Commenting on Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov's statement about the need for Moscow to decrease its dependence on the US financial system, a prominent Russian academician and financial analyst said that developing an independent payment system is "security matter" for Russia.
North Korea has slammed the United Nations for imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang, saying that the country will mobilize its national power and take "fair measures" to stop infringements upon the country's sovereignty.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday that a mediator needed to establish a dialogue between the United States and Nort Korea as Washington is reluctant to start a direct dialogue.
It seems that Brussels’ apparent determination to support the anti-Russian sanctions policy implemented by the US may only further exacerbate the current crisis in the EU.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday that Moscow plans to intensify work to reduce dependence on US payment systems.
Christian Lindner, leader of Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP), has called for Crimea's reunification with Russia to be viewed as a "permanent provisional solution." His comments could further cement the issue of European-Russian relations, and anti-Russian sanctions, at the heart of the September 24 general election.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Monday in an interview with the International Affairs magazine that Moscow and Washington should work together to find ways to minimize the damage inflicted by the new sanctions.
US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher told Sputnik in an interview that the new sanctions imposed on Moscow by Washington are uncalled for since not even all US partners in Europe agree with the restrictions.
Even as the US imposes a fresh round of sanctions against Russia, it appears that some European nations, like Italy, may have their own ideas about what kind of relationship they should pursue with Moscow.
Russia will only stand to gain from US sanctions, which also threaten to sour Washington’s relations with its European partners, political analyst Dmitry Solonnikov told Sputnik.
Washington continues to misread Moscow, Russian economist Ivan Danilov writes for RIA Novosti. Instead of "bending to the will" of US policymakers, the Russian leadership clearly signals to Washington that it perceives the White House's assertiveness not as a sign of strength but as a sign of weakness.
As the EU has introduced new sanctions against Russia over the Siemens scandal, it continues to oppose anti-Russian sanctions imposed on Moscow by Washington.
Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin and Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan reiterated on Saturday the course for bilateral defense relations, the Iranian Defense Ministry said.
The US and Russia do not have tight economic ties, which it is unable to negatively affect internal Russian situation.
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