US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated from Washington DC, Tuesday, that neither US President Donald Trump nor he himself were «happy» about the Congress' decision to approve a new package of sanctions against Russia. However, he added that Trump would likely sign the bill.
Tillerson noted that «neither the president nor I were very happy» about the Congress decision. He went on to say, «We... Еще were clear that we didn't think it was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that's the decision they made, they made it in a very overwhelming way. I think the president accepts that, and all indications are he will sign that bill and then we'll just work with it.»
The US secretary of state stressed that the decision «can't let it take us off track of trying to restore the relationship» with Moscow.
In July, the US Congress passed the bill that would impose new economic sanctions against Russia, targeting mining, defence, and shipping industries, among others. US President Donald Trump must first sign off on the bill before it is fully implemented.
In response, Moscow stated that the US must cut the number of diplomatic staff working in the country to 455 personnel by September 1, and halt their usage of summer houses and embassy storage facilities in Moscow by August 1.
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