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,
After the opposition leader Alexei Lavalny has convicted by embezzlement. Now, Russia’s supreme court has quased to jail term sentence made against Oppositon activist Ildar Dadin. He was accused to make a illegal protest in 2011.
The court said the criminal case against him should be dismissed and he had a “right to rehabilitation”, Russian media report.
Dadin, jailed in December 2015, has been serving two-and-a-half years for a series of protests.
Last November he said he was tortured in prison in north-west Russia.
The authorities denied the claims, but transferred him to another prison.
Conclusion: Putin is unhappy now.
The former national secutiry adviser Michael Flynn has resigned today. The main reason is misled US government over his talks with Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, before Trump sworn in as president.
Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia’s ambassador before his own appointment.
It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy.
US reports said earlier the White House had been warned about the contacts last month and had been told Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would not be commenting on the resignation.
“This is the internal affair of the Americans, the internal affair of the Trump administration,” he added. “It’s nothing to do with us.”
Conclusion: Never talk with a Russian diplomat privately
The russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has found guilty for embezzlement and handed a five-year suspended sentence. It bars him from running for president next year against Vladimir Putin.
Navalny is convicted for embezzlement in relation to a timber company called Kirovles, for which he was also handed a 500,000-rouble ($8,500; £6,700) fine in a provincial city of Kirov.
Conclusion: Putin has loved it.
After CIA unveils its report which accuses Russia to hacking US presidential elections. On Monday, Russia has responded it saying it was tired.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow was tired of the accusations.
He said a report released by US intelligence agencies detailing the allegations was groundless.
In his comments on Monday, Mr Peskov said Russia “categorically denied that Moscow had been involved in any hacking attacks”.
“Groundless accusations which are not supported by anything are being rehearsed in an amateurish, unprofessional way. We don’t know what information they are actually relying on.”
The claims amounted to a “witch-hunt”, he added.
The witch-hunt term was used by president-elected Donald Trump on Friday.
Conclusion: Russia and their complaints
After a victory of Donald Trump on last wednesday. Russian president Vladimir Putin has talked to him by phone today. Kremlin said They will try to “normalise US-Russia ties”
Putin wished Trump “success in implementing the election programme”.
Trump has expressed admiration for Mr Putin, saying he “has been a leader far more than our president”.
Meanwhile President Barack Obama said Mr Trump had told him he remained “committed to a strong Nato”.
The Kremlin revealed Mr Trump and Mr Putin had discussed Syria and agreed that current Russian-US relations were “extremely unsatisfactory”.
They also talked about the fact 2017 marked 210 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries “which in itself should stimulate a return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial co-operation”.
Conclusion: The honeymoon among Americans and Russians
The row among British Financial Natwest group and Russian News RT broadcaster had another chapter today. After RT has unveiled its UK’s bank accounts was closed by Natwest’s RBS brand on Monday.
On Tuesday, British bank said it has denied reports it closed the UK accounts of RT, Russian state TV’s international channel.
NatWest said a letter had been sent to one of RT’s suppliers, not RT itself, and no accounts had been frozen.
RT says that the “supplier”, Russia Today TV Ltd, provides all RT services in the UK. It told the BBC that NatWest is the sole banking facility for Russia Today TV Ltd.
The Russian embassy in London says it is an “openly political decision”.
But the UK Treasury said no new sanctions or obligations relating to Russia had been imposed on British banks since February 2015.
Conclusion: Britons is no interest over Russian opinion.