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

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to journalists following a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 15, 2017.

New sanctions imposed on Russia by the USA will certainly make relations between the countries worse, but will hardly leave Russia hamstrung, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

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"This will certainly make Russian-American relations more hard".

Mr Putin said that Russian Federation would be forced to make changes because of the sanctions, but they would not lead to a "collapse". "That is why it is premature to speak publicly about our retaliatory actions".

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Putin and other Russian officials have repeatedly made clear they are interested in improved diplomatic relations with the United States, and they were particularly eager to approach normalization of ties back when President Trump was talking up that idea.

On Wednesday, the US Senate voted in favor of new sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged interference in the US presidential election in 2016, the allegation which Moscow strongly denies.

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Putin had previously dismissed the proposed sanctions, saying they reflected an internal political struggle in the United States, and that Washington had always used such methods as a means of trying to contain Russian Federation.

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