Tougher sanctions against Russia put an end to the hope for improved relations with the administration of Donald trump, said the Russian Prime Minister.
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, said, "We make the laws, not the President of the United States". "This changes the balance of power in the political circles of the USA", - said the head of government.
That is why, since taking office, I have enacted tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and shored up existing sanctions on Russian Federation.
The bill erases Mr Trump's ability to ease sanctions without Congressional approval, weakening his ability to control foreign policy.
It enhances the President's ability to sanction those conducting trade in North Korean commodities already subject to United Nations measures such as coal but also includes the requirement to do so for other commodities such as rare earth minerals.
"I think it is very unclear exactly where the administration intends to go in our dealings with Russian Federation or how it intends to put together a coherent strategy for dealing with Moscow", said George Beebe, a former director of Russian Federation analysis for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Medvedev warned the move would have "consequences", saying "it ends hopes for improving our relations with the new USA administration".
Importantly, Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that he did not intend to invoke the technical loophole he flagged about the waiting period.
"Since this bill was first introduced, I have expressed my concerns to Congress about the many ways it improperly encroaches on Executive power", he said. "The issue of new sanctions came about, primarily, as another way to knock Trump down a peg", he wrote. "This bill will prove the wisdom of that choice".
Trump said although he shared the policy views of those sections, they "purport to displace the president's exclusive constitutional authority to recognize foreign governments, including their territorial bounds".
"I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts, saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful". "Of course, we don't want a trade war".
Questions had been raised about whether Trump would sign the sanctions bill because he has spoken so overtly and so frequently about wanting to improve relations with Moscow. This was confirmed on Wednesday, TASS, the employee of the White house of high rank, who asked not to mention his name and position in print.
The report comes amid backlash over a speech the president gave to the Boy Scouts of America last week.