Putin: Russia will retaliate if 'insolent' USA lawmakers pass sanctions bill

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Speaking at a news conference in Finland on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin derided the sanctions bill now in the U.S. Congress as "illegal under global law" - but he said Russia's response will depend on what ultimately gets passed.

Russia's response mirrors moves by outgoing President Barack Obama last December to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian estates in the U.S.

In addition to Russian Federation, the bill levies sanctions on Iran and North Korea as well. "The response [to sanctions] will depend on the final form of the law now discussed in [the US] Senate that we will see", Russia's President stated.

It is the first major foreign policy legislation approved by Congress under Mr Trump, who has struggled to advance his domestic agenda despite Republicans controlling the Senate and House of Representatives.

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 measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-3.

Republicans and Democrats have pushed for more sanctions partly as a response to conclusions by US intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered in the election. Mr Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

"The new round of United States sanctions against Russia is extremely cynical and it will be particularly regrettable because this would be an act of aggravation", Russia Today quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying.

America and Europe are still trying to exert pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine crisis, and won't welcome warmer ties between Moscow and Athens.




The 184-page bill seeks to hit Mr Putin and the oligarchs close to him by targeting Russian corruption, human rights abusers, and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports.

There was no immediate word on when the Senate would vote but members of both parties have said they want to send it to Trump before they leave Washington mid-month for their summer recess. Communications director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN there's a chance Trump could veto it.

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.

Russia's leader Putin has declared the still to be adopted new sanctions against Russian Federation to be a special kind of "cynicism".

"Technologically, this form is practically final", he said. "This practice is unacceptable, it destroys worldwide relations and global law", he said.

Putin said on a visit to Finland on Thursday that Russian Federation was "exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate.

We continue to support strong sanctions against those three countries", Sanders said on Thursday. "It is impossible to constantly tolerate loutish behavior towards our country", he said.

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