Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with journalists following a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Reuters: Putin: more U.S. sanctions would be harmful, talk of retaliation premature
Russian President Vladimir Putin said new sanctions under consideration by the United States would damage relations between the two countries, but it was too early to talk about retaliation, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday.
The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously earlier this week for legislation to impose new sanctions on Moscow and force President Donald Trump to get Congress' approval before easing any existing sanctions.
"This will, indeed, complicate Russia-American relations. I think this is harmful," Putin said, according to RIA.
In an interview with Rossiya1 state TV channel, excerpts of which were shown during the day on Saturday, Putin said he needed to see how the situation with sanctions evolved.
"That is why it is premature to speak publicly about our retaliatory actions," RIA quoted him as saying.
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WNU Editor: The current new Russian sanctions bill is in the U.S. House of Representatives .... where it could be reworded or even dropped. Any action from the Kremlin would be premature.
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