Brussels, Moscow oppose new US sanctions on Russia and threaten reaction

U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved new sanctions legislation against Iran, North Korea, and Russia on 25 July, and reached a deal the following day, paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as early as this week to impose sanctions on Russia and prevent President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress’ approval. The moves have angered the EU and Russian officials.

Moscow warned it was edging closer to retaliation against Washington following U.S. lawmakers’ moves. EU officials view the measures as damaging transatlantic unity in the West’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ready to respond with counteractions, Brussels also stated the embargoes will affect its energy security far beyond the intended target of Nord Stream 2, including projects involving TurkStream and key energy firms Anglo-Dutch Shell, BP and Italy’s Eni risk falling foul of Washington’s measures. President Trump is likely to sign the sanctions bill, which is a remarkable concession from his initial hopes of forging warmer ties with Moscow, and risks facing further rifts with Europe and Russia.

About author: Elisabeth Gheorghe

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