The U.S. bill, which also imposes new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, had been delayed while lawmakers resolved procedural issues and revised language that energy companies said would prevent many overseas deals.
The White House initially wavered on whether the president would sign the measure into law, but in a statement late on Friday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had "reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it".
The U.S. Congress does not suffer from endless gridlock as some of the banal liberal pundits and commentators moan about.
-Russian relations, which deteriorated under former President Barack Obama.
The sanctions against Moscow are punishment for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its military actions in Ukraine and Syria. It also reaffirms U.S. objections to Moscow's behavior in Syria, Ukraine and Eastern Europe, where it has launched a campaign of political intrusion and intimidation against America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. The almost unanimous Senate vote followed a almost unanimous vote in the House (419-3) for a similar measure.
Trump's willingness to support the measure is a remarkable acknowledgement that he has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow. The House passed the bill 419-3 Tuesday, and it now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature or veto. It is, however, expected to garner enough support to override a Trump veto. He's repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation sought to tip the election in his favor.
Russian President Vladimir Putin tossed President-elect Donald Trump a bouquet in December when he chose not to retaliate for the USA expulsion of Russian diplomats and seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds.
The European Union has also expressed concern about the new sanctions, saying they could have an impact on the European energy sector.
Congress is seemingly intent on doing just about anything in their power to stop President Trump from making America great again. But White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci suggested Trump in fact wanted stronger sanctions.
"It is good the U.S. Congress urges consultations with the European partners before taking new measures", he said".
Trump can impose new sanctions at any time through an executive order. The European Union, already extremely upset with President Donald Trump, had delivered a stern warning to the USA over the plan to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation.
Signing a bill that penalises Russia's election interference marks a significant shift for Trump.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking ahead of the Senate vote, accused USA lawmakers of 'insolence' and promised retaliation if the sanctions become law", as NPR's Scott Neuman reported Thursday.
A State Department official said on background Friday, "We have received the Russian government notification".
He said that Russian Federation could not "endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence".
"We have something to retaliate with: the personnel of the U.S. embassy in Moscow greatly exceeds the number of our embassy staff in Washington", Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated.
".The election of the United States president, it is not our business, and it is not up to us to assess what he does in this very senior post, that's up to the U.S. public", Putin said. "And now these sanctions - they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of global law".