Russia answers US Sanction with order to seize US Embassy use of diplomatic property in Moscow
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 28-Jul-2017

Moscow, July 28: Russia-US relation again faces a setback over a new US Sanction against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The Senate passed the US Sanction which is yet to be signed by US President Donald Trump. As an aftermath of this sanction, Russia is suspending the use of all warehouses in Moscow by the US embassy starting from August 1.


 

 
The bill which is mainly creating the controversy targets Russia's aggression in Ukraine and Syria, citing corruption, human rights abuses, and weapons sales. The bill also adds sanctions against Iran and North Korea. US Senate showed overwhelming support to the bill as it passed Senate with 98-2 vote. Now the bill will go to US President Trump. Either he has to sign it or he can use his veto power.

Putin called the proposed sanctions "an obvious attempt to use geopolitical advantages in competition to pursue [the United States'] economic interests at the expense of its allies." Putin added that "it is impossible to tolerate arrogance toward our country forever."

Initially, a statement on the bill said,“ “both parties in the House and Senate have reached agreement on sanctions legislation that will hold Russia and Iran accountable for their destabilizing actions around the world”. Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has been viewed as a threat to the energy security of Ukraine. The package punishes Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential elections and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

To reply to this measure, Moscow has offered to Washington to cut the number of its diplomatic staff by September 1 commensurate with the number of Russian diplomats. Russia wants to the number of US diplomats in Russia to 455.

Russia answers US Sanction with order to seize US Embassy use of diplomatic property in Moscow