Russia: US Russian Chamber of Commerce president comments on new sanctions

W/S Reporter interviewing President & CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Russia Alexis RodziankoSOT, Alexis Rodzianko, President & CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (English): «Well, the new sanctions, the most new factor about them is that they are a law, rather than an executive action, which makes them less flexible and which makes them less manageable in terms of coordination... Еще with other countries and other allies."C/U Rodzianko *CUTAWAY*SOT, Reporter (English): «Do you think President Trump will sign [sanctions] into the law?"M/S American Chamber of Commerce in Russia logo *CUTAWAY*SOT, Alexis Rodzianko, President & CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (English): «Well, business relations are much better than government relations, and have been for some time, and I hope will continue to be better."C/U Rodzianko's microphone *CUTAWAY*SOT, Alexis Rodzianko, President & CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (English): «Well, obviously restrictions on doing business, whether they come from the US or whether they come from Russia, don't favour business; we certainly hope that those new restrictions will not be significantly harmful. But any restrictions do cause problems."M/S American Chamber of Commerce in Russia logo *CUTAWAY*SOT, Alexis Rodzianko, President & CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (English): «First thing's first, Europe was not consulted when the law was drafted and passed, and that's the opposite of what the practice has been until now. The administration under Obama has been very careful to negotiate those sanctions, including, and coordinate those sanctions with the Europeans. This law was passed without the consultation with the Europeans. That fact in itself is causing concern. The second one is that it makes statements about interests that are European interests, such as the construction of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, which Europe views as its own interest, and the US has an opinion, which is put into a law, and that's not necessarily welcome by Europe."W/S Reporter interviewing RodziankoSCRIPTSOT, Alexis Rodzianko, President & CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (English): «I think... I am not sure. He has the option either to sign or to veto. But the number of votes that were cast in favour of this law indicates that any veto is very likely to be overridden — number one. Number two, there were negotiations on the way between the Senate and the House, before the House passed the law, and in those negotiations the White House did get some concessions it considered important. So that might increase the probability that he will sign."President & CEO of American Chamber of Commerce in Russia Alexis Rodzianko said that he hopes that the new US sanctions against Russia «will not be significantly harmful» to the two countries' business relations, speaking in an interview in Moscow, Wednesday."Obviously restrictions on doing business, whether they come from the US or whether they come from Russia, don't favour business,» stated Rodzianko. He added American Chamber of Commerce in Russia hopes «that those new restrictions will not be significantly harmful,» although «any restrictions do cause problems."Commenting on the sanctions, Rodzianko stated that they «are a law,» and described them as «less flexible» and «less manageable in terms of coordination with other countries and other allies» if compared to executive orders.Prompted by his interviewer, who asked whether US President Donald Trump will sign the sanctions into a law, Rodzianko answered by saying that Trump «has the option either to sign or to veto. But the number of votes that were cast in favour of this law indicates that any veto is very likely to be overridden."The US House of Representatives voted to push through a new package of sanctions against Russia in on Tuesday, 419 votes to 3. The bill must now pass through the Senate before being signed off on by US President Donald Trump.

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