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US sanctions are ‘trade war’ on Russia, says PM Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a “full-scale trade war” against Moscow.

He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, whom he said had been humiliated by Congress.

The law aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections and its actions in Ukraine.

Mr Trump accused Congress of overreach on the legislation.

In signing the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act on Wednesday, he attached a statement calling the measure “deeply flawed”.

The legislation also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

Iran said the new sanctions violated the nuclear deal and it would respond in an “appropriate and proportional” manner, reports the semi-official Isna news agency.

North Korea has so far made no public comments on the US move.

‘Non-systemic player’

Writing on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Mr Medvedev said the sanctions package “ends hopes for improving our relations with the new US administration.

“The sanctions regime has been codified and will remain in effect for decades unless a miracle happens.”

Republican Lindsey Graham praised the bill after it passed, pointing out that Mr Trump’s options were limited since there were enough votes to overcome a presidential veto.

“President Putin did something that nobody in America could do. He united the Congress,” the South Carolina senator told CNN.

Senior Russian parliamentarian Konstantin Kosachev said that Mr Trump was “capitulating” by not standing up to Congress.

The Expressnews – Rwanda

 


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