Following new sanctions against Russia that President Donald Trump signed into law last week, Moscow responded Monday by announcing Russia will speed up work on reducing the country's dependence on Western payment systems and the U.S. dollar in general, according to Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency.
The sanctions bill, born of U.S. politicians' continuing accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, was passed by Congress and sent to Trump's desk for final approval at the end of July.
Russia didn't wait for the U.S. president's signature, however, and boldly responded within hours the bill's congressional passage.
As CNN reported:
Trump signed the sanctions bill into law last Wednesday, August 02.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov's comments Monday came as his boss, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in the Philippines.
Speaking of the U.S.-Russia relationship following his talk with Lavrov, Tillerson said Monday that there exists,
Of the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, Tillerson said the U.S. needs to help Russia,
The secretary of state also said Monday that an official response to Russia's expulsion of 755 U.S. diplomats at the end of July can be expected by September 01.