Trump signed bill on anti-Russian sanctions

President of the United States Donald Trump signed the bill of anti-Russian sanctions on Monday, a White House spokesman told RIA Novosti.

He added that soon the White House will publish a relevant statement.

Earlier, the Senate and the House of Representatives approved the document with an overwhelming majority of votes. The new package of restrictive measures will be the largest since early 2014. The bill expands a number of sectoral sanctions against the Russian economy. He also introduces restrictions on Russian energy projects, including in Europe.

The document, in particular, adjusts the range of deep-sea and Arctic offshore projects, as well as oil and gas projects with hard-to-recover reserves, which are prohibited from supplying equipment and technologies.

And if earlier it was a question of all similar projects in Russia involving sub-entity physical and legal entities, now sanctions only concern new projects, but without geo-referencing. Under the restrictions are all new projects in which Russian sub-company companies own 33% or more.

In the Kremlin, the bill was rated “extremely negative.” Later, Moscow ordered the reduction of personnel of American diplomatic missions in Russia.

The document was also criticized in the European Union. As stated in the German Foreign Ministry, with the help of sanctions, Washington is trying to make way for the supply of US gas to the EU.