Putin: New sanctions will 'complicate' Russia-US ties

Posted June 20, 2017

Putin downplayed the effectiveness of the proposed sanctions, saying Russians would have to "adjust something" or "do something extra", but the new sanctions will not lead to a "deadlock or a collapse" in Russia. The meeting was focused on the Russian military's claim that it had killed the Islamic State group's leader in an airstrike in Syria.

During his annual question and answer session, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Russia does not view the United States as their enemy, and that they are ready for constructive dialogue with the usa on a number of issues, saying non-proliferation of WMDs and Syria are areas in particular where cooperation would be possible.

"Of course this will make Russia-US relations more complex", Putin said in an excerpt from an interview due to air in full at 1700 GMT on Rossiya-1 television.

The threat of a new wave of sanctions emerged this month as US policymakers backed the idea of punishing Russian Federation for alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and for supporting Syria's government in the six-year-long civil war.

The bill, which passed, targets Russian individuals accused of corruption and key sectors of the Russian economy.

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The attack ended midday after almost six hours of clashes, said Najib Danesh, the interior ministry's chief spokesman. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media.

The president insisted that U.S. sanctions would not lead Russian Federation into a "deadlock or a collapse".

The penalties have been criticised by Austria and Germany for promoting U.S. economic interests.

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