JRL NEWSWATCH: “The Administration Gets Tough on Russia – Despite Trump; The president holds chummy meetings with Vladimir Putin, while his administration imposes new sanctions.” – New York Times Editorial

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“… [N]ew sanctions imposed on Russia … [feature] a ban on export of anything with a potential military use, announced by the State Department …. Putin’s Russia is asking for punishment when his agents use a chemical weapon against a double agent, brazenly meddle in Western elections, cheat in international sports, ruthlessly ravage Ukrainian territory or violate human rights. … draw[ing] a dizzying barrage of sanctions from the United States, the European Union and their Western allies, ranging from asset freezes and travel bans to a broad variety of trade embargoes and diplomatic expulsions. Another set of sanctions, these over Russian meddling in United States elections, is making its way through Congress. … [S]anctions have hurt the Russian economy. After the latest ones were announced on Wednesday, Russia’s currency and stock markets promptly fell. Yet the Western actions have not been demonstratively successful in changing Russia’s behavior. …”

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