Beijing — on July 27, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to impose new sanctions against Russia. Previously overwhelmingly approved by the House of representatives of the Congress of the United States. The document is viewed against the background of large-scale US campaign for the investigation of “Russian intervention” in elections and “Russian ties” President Donald trump. On Friday, the press service of the White house announced that the President of the United States acquainted with the final version of the bill, implying the tightening of sanctions against Russia and intend to sign it.
Although the US presidential election long gone, and the victory was won by the Republican candidate Donald trump, the story is still not over. Russia accused of meddling in the presidential election of 2016. Still such phrases as “elections USA 2016” and “election team of Donald trump,” often appear in the media of different countries, and they are always accompanied by words like “Russia” and “intervention”.
In July 2016, after breaking the correspondence of the leadership of the Democratic party of the United States Moscow began to blame the organization of hacker attacks during the election campaign. With the election of a new President of the United States Donald trump started an investigation into Russia’s interference in American elections.
In February of 2017 due to allegations of contacts with Moscow in the resignation of the assistant to the President for national security Michael Flynn. Subsequently, this was reported by the eldest son of the American President Donald trump, Jr. and son-in-law D. trump Jared Kushner. In may of this year, the President of the United States was suspended from performance of the duties of FBI Director James Comey, who earlier in the hearings of the Senate said that Russia continues to interfere in the political processes in the U.S. and other countries.
Despite the fact that in Russia at the highest level have repeatedly rejected the allegations of interference in election processes in the United States, accusations against Russia are still occasionally heard from the lips of Western politicians, which, however, are in no hurry to show any evidence. At the plenary session of the St. Petersburg international economic forum in 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to the discussion on the alleged interference of the country in elections in the United States. In his view, the transfer of internal political squabbles in the United States in the international arena is an attempt to solve domestic political issues using the tools of foreign policy. It is detrimental to international relations and the global economy. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has also repeatedly stated that fatigue reports about the “Russian interference in the election of the USA”. According to the head of the Russian foreign Ministry, the US is trying “to use Russophobic card in the political struggle, including those who could not accept the results of elections held in full compliance with the U.S. Constitution.” But it is not yet ends.
According to reports the White house, D. trump intends to sign the bill on sanctions against Russia, which was approved by both houses of Congress. The Kremlin said that extremely negative about this bill. Commenting on the new sanctions against Russia, the Russian foreign Minister noted that “Russophobic obsession in the United States goes all the faces. USA under absolutely far-fetched pretext of Russian interference in their internal Affairs persist, one after another rough anti-Russian actions”.
Because of the new sanctions, Russian-American relations continue to deteriorate. On Thursday held a joint press conference with Finnish President Vladimir Putin also expressed his regret at the deterioration of relations between Russia and the United States. “It is unfortunate that Russian-American relations are sacrificed in the course of solving domestic American issues,” he said.
“The result of the vote of the house of representatives of the Congress of the United States shows, first, an intense internal struggle between the members of the Republican party over the choice of policies, and, second, the many uncertainties in the policy D. trump against Russia, available due to interference from Republicans-traditionalists. After taking the post of President of the United States D. trump is trying to improve relations with Russia,” says Lee Wenhua, researcher of the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Academy of social Sciences of China.
“The sanctions project ties the hands of the Executive power of the United States in General, regardless of what the name of the President of the United States, what is the last name of the Secretary of state”, — said the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov. In his view, Congress intended to deprive the Executive power of the country of the ability to make decisions in foreign policy.
According to some analysts, domestic squabbles using the tools of foreign policy is one of the specific aspects of American politics. The new sanctions will not only worsen Russian-American relations, but also will cause a chain reaction in such countries and regions as Ukraine, Syria, Iran and the Korean Peninsula. In addition, the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, in all probability, intended to influence the presidential elections in Russia in 2018, namely by imposing sanctions to reduce the level of V. Putin’s support inside Russia.
On the eve of the Russian foreign Ministry announced the suspension from August 1 the use of the Embassy of the United States of all storage areas on a Traffic street in Moscow and cottages in the Serebryany Bor, and also suggested the United States until 1 September to bring the number of its diplomats in accordance with the number of Russian diplomats in the U.S., i.e. to 455 people.
Despite this, the program Director of the club “Valdai” Dmitry Suslov said that Russia imposed measures in any case are not output on the warpath. According to him, from the statement of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and numerous other statements it is clear that Russia continue, in spite of the hostility of the United States ‘ approach, will seek cooperation with the United States on those issues, lack of cooperation, which will seriously threaten international security and could put the US and Russia are on the brink of a direct military confrontation.