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European Union concerned over USA bill on Russian Federation sanctions

27 July 2017, 02:39 | Colleen Roy

European Union concerned over USA bill on Russian Federation sanctions

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. The White House indicated Sunday July 23 that President Donald Trump would sign

The warning issued by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce mirrors wider European concerns over potential fall-out from the USA moves to punish alleged Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

The legislation, which passed by 419 to three, was described by House Speaker Paul Ryan as a sanctions package that "tightens the screws on our most unsafe adversaries in order to keep Americans safe". According to Mikser, there is still time to coordinate the sanctions, and Estonia as the current presiding member state in the European Union council had an important role in this.

I guess for Moscow a question is by now playing hardball with Washington, do they help or hinder Trump in his problems in fending off the Russia-gate crisis?

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for the plans and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow.

The European Commission released a statement on Saturday, warning that imposing fresh sanctions against Russian Federation without coordination with G7 countries may have "wide and indiscriminate" "unintended consequences".

The White House has been sending mixed messages about whether it will support the bill, which represents a challenge to the President's authority. "To protect ourselves against the extraterritorial effects of U.S. legislation, we will have to work on adjusting our French and European laws".

26 de julio de 2017, 11:25Brussels, July 26 (Prensa Latina) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has delivered today a stern warning to the United States over a plan to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation, which could affect European interests.

In what appears set to be major diplomatic showdown between Washington D.C. and Brussels, on Sunday the White House said that President Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russian Federation after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill late last week.

They would be America's toughest sanctions against Russian Federation since the Ukraine conflict broke out in 2014.

The initiative affects "our energy independence and energy security interests", emphasised European Commission chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said the sanctions, and the European Union's response to them, would be discussed in Brussels on Wednesday. Trump has previously said he needs diplomatic leeway with the Kremlin.

In a harshly-worded statement, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, lashed out at Washington saying "America first can not mean that Europe's interests come last".

However, earlier in the day, France and Germany spoke out against the bill as one that adversely affects European industries while advancing United States commercial interests. House GOP leaders are urging the Senate to act quickly. "This is no less disappointing from the point of view of global law and worldwide trade relations", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The president is also asked to decide on sanctions "in coordination with the allies of the United States".

While President Donald Trump criticized over the weekend the "phony" investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian officials while running for office, Congress struck a deal to finally punish Russia for the alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. I guess some will argue that this is the outcome of Russian "offensive" action in meddling in the USA elections, and importantly getting caught out by the US intelligence community.

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