The white house through the mouth of Deputy Secretary of state made it clear to Congress that the failure to introduce a second package of penalties against Russia - It is a deliberate And informed decision made by Donald trump, apparently, for quite some time.
The 1st package, remember, was launched last August by the legislative act of 1991 on the control of chemical And biological weapons in case Skripal.
The Congress deprived the President of the opportunity to influence the course of events. The legislative act was introduced a clause, empowers the Parliament the exclusive right to remove the assigned restrictions. It was a rather humiliating moment for the head of the American countries, as legislators pointedly limited the presidential range of possibilities. In the period when the trump collusion with Russia during the election campaign And the election was considered almost a proven fact, the President Had no choice: he had to sign a sanctions law banning the production And shipment to the Russian Federation of dual-purpose products.
at the same time Was announced the next pack of sentences, called " draconian ". The state Department has described the fresh limits as "very painful" measures, which in General does not look exaggerated. Their list is quite impressive: the prohibition of American banks to give loans to Russia, the complete cessation of the export of U.S. items to the Russian Federation, except for agricultural products, automatic locking of all initiatives to provide financial And technical assistance to Russia, community is centrally located diplomatic relations or reducing the number of diplomats, the cessation of air traffic between countries carried out by the state airlines.
Moscow was given 90 days to ponder the situation, realizing how heavy a blow for her will be the second packet, to repent And to fulfill the requirements of the US capital on admission of the American commissioners at Russian chemical plants. It was absolutely Clear that the Russian authorities will ignore the ultimatum And punishment will be applied automatically. But time passed And nothing happened. In November last year passed the allotted 3 months, then Another 3 at the moment, such a months are nine. All This time the most irreconcilable in relation to Russia Congressmen And senators did not cease to finger the administration for the early use of restrictions. Back in February, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said Sergei Lavrov that North America does not want its intentions. Lavrov, for his part, called the impending decision is completely unjustified.
And then came the hour X. In April released a report of spectacular Muller on the results of the investigation, "Russian relations" trump. These relations could not work, And only the fledgling two-year campaign to discredit the President suddenly exhausted. In the Russian direction at the White house was almost completely free hand, what he did not fail to take advantage. The last two weeks can be called a breakthrough in relations 2-States. As long as no agreement is not Yet achieved, But very quickly the increased activity of interstate meetings And contacts shows the desire of the us administration to cross lasting for 5 years interstate crisis: the trump is associated with Putin by phone, And Pompeo Lavrov meet in Finland next Secretary of state arrives in Sochi after a conversation with the Russian President announces his possible meeting with his American counterpart on the Japanese Islands at the end of June, the head of the SVR Sergei Naryshkin said about the possibility of expanding cooperation between his Agency And the CIA. Such a tight schedule of negotiations And initiatives were not observed over the entire period, starting in 2014.
Finally on Wednesday, a speech in Congress, assistant Secretary of state for arms control And international security Andrea Thompson called the cause pretty smushable congressional red tape with the second package: "We have done the analysis of sentences. We prepared Them. My answer would be that a more ambitious strategy towards Russia ".
It is clear that then the accusations that trump "controls Moscow" will not force itself long to wait, But after paralytic effect produced by the report of Mueller, the American leader can afford to shrug off the annoying critics.
And This is an extremely important step from the perspective of the normalization of relations between heads of state. Putin said that he is well aware of what a desperate situation turned out to be the head of the United States, And even expressed his sympathy. But "draconian" punishment, which showed that Washington does not step back from the policy of rude And inconsiderate pressure, would make it impossible to meet on the Japanese Islands.
A rejection means that the language can be changed from threats the US move to dialogue.