New US Sanctions Won't Help Mend Ties: Russian Official - NBC Bay Area
President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

The latest news on President Donald Trump's presidency

New US Sanctions Won't Help Mend Ties: Russian Official

The U.S. Congress on Tuesday backed a new package of sanctions against Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 election

    Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018 Medal Count
    Country
    Total
    1
    Norway
    13131036
    2
    Canada
    108927
    3
    Germany
    137525
    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Kushner Denies Collusion With Russia

    Jared Kushner denies that he had any ties to Russia during President Trump's election campaign. (Published Monday, July 24, 2017)

    A senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving the ties between the two countries, pushing them into "uncharted territory."

    Russian officials welcomed Donald Trump's presidential win last year, hoping to mend relations with the United States which reached a post-Cold War low under President Barack Obama. But six months into Trump's presidency ties between the two countries remain tense, and the much-anticipated first meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin early this month did not seem to produce any tangible results.

    Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, Congress on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov criticized the sanctions on Wednesday as "closing off the prospect for normalizing ties." He told the Interfax news agency the new sanctions are pushing Russia and the U.S. "into uncharted territory both in political and diplomatic sense."

    Trump ‘Thinking About’ Pulling ICE From California

    [NATL] Trump ‘Thinking About’ Pulling ICE From California

    President Donald Trump said he’s thinking about removing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents out of California because of his growing frustration with the state’s “lousy management job” on immigration.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018)

    Elsewhere in Moscow, Frants Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the defense committee at the upper chamber of Russian parliament, warned that the new sanctions could hurt Russia's efforts to work with the U.S. in fighting terrorism. Cooperation on counter-terrorism between Russia and the U.S. "will be extremely problematic if at all possible," Klintsevich said in comments carried by Russian news agencies on Wednesday.