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Vladimir Putin: Russia may 'have to retaliate' against U.S. sanctions

29 July 2017, 12:36 | Colleen Roy

Vladimir Putin: Russia may 'have to retaliate' against U.S. sanctions

Vladimir Putin: Russia may 'have to retaliate' against U.S. sanctions

The US Senate voted almost unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia despite President Donald Trump's objections to the legislation, which has angered Russian President Vladimir Putin who threatened to retaliate.

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a bilateral solution to this problem to President Trump during the recent G-20 meeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a joint news conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto, derided the move as the latest act of "insolence" directed toward Moscow by Washington stemming from an unfounded "hysteria" reflecting allegations of Russian meddling in USA elections.

The White House has said Trump is still evaluating the bill and supported strong sanctions against Russian Federation, though tougher sanctions would likely strain the relationship with Moscow which Trump had been seeking to improve.

The sanctions, which House lawmakers approved overwhelmingly this week, "are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of worldwide law", he added, according to the news outlet.

The bill, which also includes sanctions on Iran and North Korea, has enough bipartisan support that lawmakers could easily override the threatened veto.

The sanctions have yet to be approved by the Senate or Trump, and a top White House aide said on Thursday that Trump could veto the legislation in order to push for a tougher deal.

Putin on Thursday described the allegations as "hysteria", and said: "It's a great pity that Russian-US relations are being sacrificed to resolve questions of domestic politics".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has deplored a new round of U.S. sanctions on his country، saying Moscow will definitively respond to the embargos if they are implemented، according to PressTV.

The bill would allow the USA to sanction any company involved in Russia's energy export pipelines - a threat to the construction of a major natural gas pipeline between Russian Federation and Germany, which boasts several European investors.

The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.

Trump's concerns include a provision letting Congress stop any effort to ease existing sanctions on Russian Federation. Communications director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN there's a chance Trump could veto it.

New sanctions could cloud Russia's economic outlook just as the economy is showing growth potential for the first time in three years.

An adviser to Russian Putin told Reuters that any tightening of the sanctions should not have a deeper impact but hope they would be lifted has faded.

Once Trump receives the bill, if he does not sign it, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, before he must issue a veto and prevent the bill from becoming law automatically.

The Senate has not yet voted on the bill, but is expected to follow suit.

"We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way, but at some moment we will need to respond", said Putin at a press conference with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinistö.

"This practice is unacceptable - it is destroying global relations and worldwide law", Putin said in reference to the "transnational character of US legislation". "It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country".

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