SPUTNIK–The new law imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran will bring the three countries a lot closer together and complicate the United States’ ability to conclude good deals, US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.

“By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” Trump stated after signing the bill into law.

However, the president expressed hope that Washington and Moscow will collaborate on global challenges despite the newly-signed law sanctioning Russia.

“Despite its problems, I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States,” Trump stated. “We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary.”

President Donald Trump has signed a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea on Wednesday morning. He signed the bill on Wednesday morning, without holding an official signing ceremony as he has done with other major pieces of legislation, according to media reports.

The sanctions target Russia’s defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries and restricts dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

The law also limits the US president’s ability to ease any sanctions on Russia by requiring Congress’ approval to lift any restrictions.

For instance, Trump would now need Congress’ permission to reverse measures imposed by his predecessor Barack Obama. He would also need lawmakers’ approval to return Russian diplomatic properties that were seized under the previous administration.

August 2, 2017

  • frankw

    And then China, Russia and NK slapped sanctions on the USA and the whole charade collapsed.

  • Mohammed Cohen

    This is a God sent opportunity for China and Russia to reciprocate the same sanctions on our brown nosing Europeans so they can taste the medicine of Washington Swamp! Iran could start giving multi billion dollars contracts to non-as/ kissing allies of America. This should set a strong precedence of the “accomplice doctrine”. Let the EU and all those who are the collaborators of our corrupt and anti-American law breakers in the Swamp, feel the pain where it hurts. First thing, Russia must do, is to stop selling its space rocket to our corrupt government. Great majority of the people of the United States and the entire world despise our crooked and criminal body of so called the “law makers”. But American people’s opinions and wishes have not been the part of American politics since the mid 60’s. Russia, despite its very calm, calculated and highly diplomatic demeanor, must take a very strong and bold diplomatic step, in tightening up her fist towards cowardly America and our illegalities. When are we going to come to our senses about the world cooperation, mutual respect of international laws and simple mutual ability to have a mature dialogue instead of acting like the high school ignorant bullies?

    • Eileen Kuch

      NAILED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!