New US Sanctions Damage Ties With Europe

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The US House of Representatives voted on the 25 July 2017 to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran. The Senate voted 98-2 for the bill on the 27 July 2017. The sanctions against Russia were aimed to hit that country for alleged meddling in the 2016 US election and for its military aggression in Ukraine (including its annexation of Crimea) and Syria.

The legislation was seen as constraining President's Trump in his policy of seeking warmer relations with Russia. However, the White House stated on the 28 July 2017 that President Trump would sign the bill and thus it would become law.

Russia announced retaliatory measures.

Concern was expressed in Europe concerning the possible implications of the increased sanctions against European companies in their collaborative projects with Russia in the areas of energy (including pipeline projects such as Nord Stream), finance, railways, shipping, and metals and mining.

The European Commission and countries such as Germany and Austria, in particular, expressed concern and were said to have lobbied against the proposed legislation and secured some reassurances as to the implications for European companies. However, Germany's economy minister, Brigitte Zypries, decried the new sanctions law on the 31 July 2017 and said that violated international law by indirectly punishing European firms. She urged the EU to consider countermeasures against the US.

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