Trump ap­proves new ‘flawed’ Rus­sia sanc­tions

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has signed into a law a bill which im­poses new sanc­tions on Rus­sia for their al­leged med­dling in the 2016 elec­tion.

The bill, which was signed in pri­vate at the White House, also im­poses sanc­tions on Iran and North Korea.

The leg­is­la­tion “hand­cuffs” the pres­i­dent from eas­ing Rus­sia penal­ties and he ac­cused Congress of over­reach.

Rus­sia de­nies in­ter­fer­ing in the US elec­tion, and Mr Trump has de­nied col­lud­ing with Rus­sia.

Moscow had al­ready re­tal­i­ated by or­der­ing 755 peo­ple ex­pelled from the coun­try’s US em­bassy and con­sulates.

Sev­eral Euro­pean na­tions, in­clud­ing Ger­many, are an­gry be­cause the new law could pe­nalise com­pa­nies work­ing on pipe­lines from Rus­sia, for ex­am­ple by lim­it­ing their ac­cess to US banks.

In sign­ing the Coun­ter­ing Amer­ica’s Ad­ver­saries Through Sanc­tions Act, Mr Trump at­tached a state­ment call­ing the sanc­tions “deeply flawed”.

He ac­cused Congress, which last week over­whelm­ingly passed the mea­sure and sent it to the White House, of over­step­ping its con­sti­tu­tional author­ity.

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