U.S. President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday (Aug 2nd), in a move which Moscow said amounts to a full-scale trade war, and which brings an end to hopes for better ties with the Trump administration.
Congress overwhelmingly approved the legislation last week, passing a measure that conflicts with the Republican president’s desire to improve relations with Moscow.
While Trump signed the bill, he criticised it as infringing on his powers to shape foreign policy and said he could make “far better deals” with governments than Congress can.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the sanctions tantamount to a “full-scale trade war,” adding in a Facebook post that they showed the Trump administration had demonstrated “utter powerlessness.”
“The hope that our relations with the new American administration would improve is finished,” he wrote.
This comes less than one week after Moscow ordered the U.S. to drastically reduce its diplomatic representation in Russia.
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