Spotlight: War of sanctions looms as Moscow retaliates against Washington


The bill will also grant the U.S. Congress the power to block President Donald Trump from unilaterally lifting sanctions on Russia. The bill will now be sent to the White House for Trump to sign into law or veto.

According to Lukyanov, Trump will most likely sign the bill, and if he does not, the bill will still be passed as Congress is likely to overrule the presidential veto.

Despite this tit-for-tat, it is still possible for Moscow and Washington to cooperate, particularly on Syria, cyberspace, or on strategic stability, said Dmitry Suslov, a program director of the International Valdai Discussion Club Foundation.

"However, it is impossible to overcome the confrontational flywheel that began to spin under the Obama administration," he said.