President Trump said Friday night he would sign the sanctions legislation because Congress was responsive to his input on the bill.
Congress is also investigating the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, with President Donald Trump's oldest son, Donald J. Trump Jr., recently confirming that he met with a Russian lawyer linked to the government who wanted to discuss removing an earlier round of sanctions.
But as Trump faced the embarrassing possibility of being overruled by his own party, the White House announced late Friday that he "approves the bill and intends to sign it".
The bill, which gives Congress new powers to block Trump from easing sanctions against Moscow, passed the Senate 98-2 on Thursday, reports CNN.
If Mr Trump chooses to veto it, the bill is expected to garner enough support in both chambers to override his veto and pass it into law. US President Donald Trump will now have to decide whether to accept or veto the measures.
Moscow had initially hoped that Trump would work to fix a relationship which has slumped to a post-Cold War low, but has watched with frustration as allegations that Moscow interfered with last year's U.S. presidential election and concerns over Trump associates' Russian Federation ties have killed off hopes of détente. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where the Kremlin has backed President Bashar Assad. The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-3. But rejecting it could lead to an embarrassing veto override, as the bill cleared both chambers by wide margins, and lead to criticism that he's seeking to protect Russian Federation.
Trump hasn't threatened to reject the bill even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior administration officials had objected to a mandated congressional review should the president attempt to ease or lift the sanctions on Russian Federation. Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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The White House has not been clear about what the president will do.
"Over the last eight months what price has Russian Federation paid for attacking our elections?"
The European Union has also threatened to retaliate against new USA sanctions on Russia, saying they would harm the bloc's energy security by targeting projects including a planned new pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to northern Europe.
Russian Federation still seems to hold out hope for dialogue with Trump, asking for cooperation despite the strong opposition elsewhere in the US government.
An official at the US Embassy, who declined to be named because they were not allowed to speak to the media, said the Embassy employed around 1,100 diplomatic and support staff in Russia, including Russian and US citizens.
The bilateral Finland-Russia relations have intensified, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Thursday. He has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as strong and has spoken highly of their meeting at the G-20 Summit earlier this month. It also imposes financial sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
"Lawmakers are so distrustful of the administration that they are imposing requirements to conduct congressional review of attempts by the president to roll back sanctions, and in some instances prevent him from doing so", Rosenberg said.