U.S. president Donald Trump supports imposing tougher new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, the White House has stressed, a day after the House of Representatives voted in favour of a bill that seeks to limit his ability to lift numerous sanctions on Moscow.
The announcement came the morning after Senate voted 98 to 2 for the legislation, which slaps new penalties on Russia and also limits Trump's ability to lift anti-Russian sanctions already in place.
The bill threatens to further derail U.S.
The move comes after Russia has repeatedly expressed anger at Washington barring its diplomats access to two compounds in the U.S. in December past year, under Barack Obama, in response to suspected Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin labelled the new legislation as anti-Moscow hysteria born as a result of internal political struggles in Washington, reports Efe news. Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
The sanctions, which the U.S. House of Representatives has passed, have yet to be approved by the Senate or Trump. A similarly lopsided vote is expected in the Senate.
If the bill passes the Senate, it would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.
The sanctions are over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and alleged interference in the U.S. election.
Putin said Moscow would only decide on how to retaliate once it had seen the final text of the proposed law.
The United States Embassy in Moscow issued a short statement confirming only that it had received the notification from the Russian Foreign Ministry and that it was sending the orders to Washington for review.
Corker, a longtime ally of the Trump administration, said he has talked to both the president and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the sanctions bill in recent days and "gotten no indication from them that they plan to veto it".
Key among the provisions is one that handcuffs the United States president by complicating any of the leader's unilateral efforts to ease penalties against Moscow in the future - effectively placing him under Congress's watch. Instead, the president will "negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", according to White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who called in to CNN unexpectedly Thursday morning.
If the president signs the legislation, it could put a dent in his stated desire to work constructively with the Kremlin.
Russian Federation is kicking US diplomats out of Russian Federation and closing down a USA embassy retreat center near Moscow in retaliation for Congress passing new sanctions against them.
"Senate will vote at 5:30 on tough Russian Federation sanctions pkg [package]".
Nevertheless, signing a bill that penalises Russia's election interference marks a significant shift for Mr Trump.
If Trump were to veto the bill, the House vote is well above the two-thirds margin needed for an override.
"We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way, but at some moment we will need to respond", said Putin.
"The countries could overcome more critical problems by taking joint action", Putin said.