USA stance on Russian Federation sanctions is 'contradictory'

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Russia's foreign ministry on Friday struck preemptively by ordering Washington to reduce its diplomatic presence to 455 before September 1 - bringing it in line with the size of Russia's mission in the US.

The White House says President Donald Trump supports a bill that imposes sanctions on Russia Wednesday with foreign countries, disputing reports that he begrudgingly signed the legislation.

He said the new law would make it harder for the "strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia and North Korea much closer together".

Medvedev accused signatories of the sanctions bill of ignoring American business interests for the sake of "anti-Russian hysteria", a phrase that has also been popular with Russian President Vladimir Putin of late. According to the results, 34 percent of respondents do not have a clear answer, 29 percent say that Russian Federation should not react, and 19 percent call for retaliatory measures.

The US government a year ago carried out its own diplomatic expulsions over the election meddling claims when Barack Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave and evicted officials from two compounds. "The Republican Congress must not permit the Trump White House to wriggle out of its duty to impose these sanctions for Russia's brazen assault on our democracy", she warned. What happened is a response to bad choices taken by President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation. "But by all indications, if it does change, it won't be soon".

US-Russia relation is extremely critical for the majority of the global affairs if one wants to find a peaceful solution. Pence said there is no bigger threat to Baltic States than Russian Federation.

"A moment may come when we could look at other options of retaliation, but I hope that it won't come to that", he said.

Moscow's move showed that its earlier hopes for an improvement in Russia-U.S. ties after Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election have withered.

On Thursday, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to toughen sanctions on Russian Federation for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and its intervention in Ukraine.

He was unable to show that the USA has fulfilled President Donald Trump's objective of a new, more cooperative relationship between the former Cold War foes, noting only modest efforts in Syria as a sign the nations share some common goals.

The belief that the USA is pursuing a path of confrontation will guide not only Moscow's assessment of the situation and its policy statements.

US energy giant ExxonMobil is a partner of Russian oil firm Rosneft in the Sakhalin 1 project off Russia's far east coast and has agreed to team up with Rosneft in North America and Mozambique.

The accusations by the U.S. diplomatic staff is a "deliberate provocation", a source from the Russian foreign ministry told RIA after the news agency reached out for an official comment. But it must be emphasised that this insanity arises from the objective logic of the profit system and the position of the USA within the framework of the global capitalist economy. "We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it". The new language also ensures our agencies can delay sanctions on the intelligence and defense sectors, because those sanctions could negatively affect American companies and those of our allies.

"Finally, my Administration particularly expects the Congress to refrain from using this flawed bill to hinder our important work with European allies to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, and from using it to hinder our efforts to address any unintended consequences it may have for American businesses, our friends, or our allies". "We have waited long enough, hoping that the situation would perhaps change for the better", he said. The bill appears to target Russia's Nord Stream-2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russian Federation to Germany.

In a rare question-and-answer session, Tillerson recalled Trump's meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Putin's top diplomat, three months ago.

Be that as it may, the diplomatic dustup is something of a sign that any hopes Russian Federation had for rapprochement with the United States under Trump have been dashed.