Trump signs sanc­tions bill ‘for sake of na­tional unity’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

MOS­COW — With a new sanc­tions bill en­acted on Wed­nes­day, the United States has de­clared a full-scale trade war against Rus­sia, killing hope for eas­ing the ten­sion in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev has said.

“The hope of im­prov­ing our re­la­tions with the new US ad­min­is­tra­tion has come to an end,” Medvedev said via the so­cial net­work plat­form Face­book, com­ment­ing on the sign­ing into law of a new US sanc­tions bill by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had demon­strated “com­plete im­po­tence, in the most hu­mil­i­at­ing man­ner, trans­fer­ring ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers to Congress,” Medvedev said.

As the new sanc­tions make it dif­fi­cult to re­move the mea­sures against Mos­cow that may last decades, Medvedev fore­saw lit­tle room for im­prov­ing bi­lat­eral ties.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Rus­sia and the United States

The hope of im­prov­ing our re­la­tions with the new US ad­min­is­tra­tion has come to an end.” Dmitry Medvedev, Rus­sian prime min­is­ter

will be ex­tremely tense, re­gard­less of the com­po­si­tion of the Congress or the per­son­al­ity of the pres­i­dent,” he said.

The Rus­sian prime min­is­ter in­di­cated eco­nomic re­tal­i­a­tion by say­ing that Rus­sia will re­duce its re­liance on Western im­ports.

In a pre-emp­tive diplo­matic move against the new sanc­tions, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin or­dered the US to re­duces its diplo­matic staff in the coun­try by 755 em­ploy­ees by Sept 1.

Call­ing it “sig­nif­i­cantly flawed”, Trump on Wed­nes­day signed into law the bill that also im­poses sanc­tions against

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