The ties between Russia and US has new low today. US’ House of Representatives has approved a new bill which tightens sanctions againts Iran, North Korea and Russia by 419 to 3.
It needs to be passed through the Senate before it can be sent on to the president to be signed.
The White House says it is reviewing the bill, and it is unclear whether the president will veto it.
“While the president supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, 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 in a statement.
Prior to the vote, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said such measures would plant a “dangerous mine” under the foundation of ties.
Mr Ryabkov said: “All this is very worrying. We can see no signs that that Russophobe hysteria that has engulfed the entire US Congress is dying down.”
After it passed, Russian MP Leonid Slutsky said the sanctions “undermine the prospects for the restoration of Russian-American relations and further complicate them for the foreseeable future”.
“Opportunities for diplomatic manoeuvring” are now “extremely” small, he told Russia’s Interfax news agency.
Conclusion: Further handshakes between Trump and Putin to save US-Russia ties as soon as possible,