Kremlin Shares Trump’s Concerns Over Dangerously Low Level of US-Russia Ties

Friday, August 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

The Kremlin agrees with the assessment by US President Donald Trump about the dangerously low level of relations between Russia and the United States, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Trump blamed the Congress for “an all-time & dangerous low” in relations between the United States and Russia. Trump was apparently referring to the bill he signed into law on Wednesday that included new sanctions against Russia and prevented Trump from lifting any current sanctions without congressional approval.

“We completely share this view. The danger may lie in the lack of interaction and cooperation in those issues that are vitally important for our two countries and peoples,” Peskov told reporters.

New US sanctions target Russia’s defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries and restricts dealings with Russian banks and energy companies. The bill also stressed that the United States would continue to oppose the construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The law also limits the US president’s ability to ease any sanctions on Russia by requiring Congressional approval to lift any restrictions.

Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry described the new sanctions as “absolutely illegitimate” and responded with its countermeasures, suspending the use of all US Embassy warehouses and its compound in Moscow. Russia also mandated that the US cut the size of its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people by September 1.

Prior to imposing countermeasures, Russian President Vladimir Putin said late July that Russia is behaving patiently amid sanctions, but time will come when Moscow will be forced to respond to arrogance, adding that if adopted, the US anti-Russia sanctions bill would be an “extra-cynical move.”

On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said the new US sanctions against Russia were “absolutely illegitimate” and did not contribute to the development of trust between Moscow and Washington.

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