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Russia ties at all-time and 'very dangerous low', laments President Trump

File photo of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Photograph: (Reuters)

AFP Washington, DC, United States Aug 03, 2017, 01.14 PM (IST)

US President Donald Trump said relations with Russia had hit an all-time and "very dangerous" low Thursday, putting the blame on Congress after he reluctantly approved sanctions against Moscow.

"Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low," Trump wrote on Twitter.

"You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!", he added in reference to a recent defeat in the Senate on his health care reform plans.

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Trump's outburst came the day after he grudgingly signed off on a sanctions bill that had been passed by Congress, calling the legislation "significantly flawed" and arguing that some of its provisions were unconstitutional.

The legislation -- which also includes measures against North Korea and Iran -- targets the Russian energy sector, giving Washington the ability to sanction companies involved in developing Russian pipelines, and placing curbs on some Russian weapons exporters.

It also constrains Trump`s ability to waive the penalties, a statement of mistrust from the Republican-controlled Congress.

Moscow has reacted furiously to the sanctions, with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying they amounted to a "full-fledged economic war" and that they had demonstrated Trump`s "total weakness."

Trump's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations that his campaign team colluded with Moscow during last year`s US presidential campaign in which he defeated Hillary Clinton.


 

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