23 March 2018

Adoption of US anti-Russia sanctions to be 'extra move'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if adopted, the US anti-Russia sanctions bill would be an "extra-cynical move." reports citing Sputnik.

Putin said that Russia is behaving patiently amid sanctions, but time will come when Moscow will be forced to respond to arrogance.

He emphasized that sanctions are completely illegal from the point of view of international law and violate World Trade Organization (WTO) norms.

Moscow will never agree to trans-border nature of the US legislation which breaks international law, Putin added.

The Russian leader pointed out that Russia regrerts that Moscow-Washinghton times are being sacrificed to solve US domestic issues.

The US House of Representatives approved by a 419-3 vote on Tuesday a new version of a bill that would impose sweeping sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, and limit President Donald Trump’s ability to lift the restrictions on Moscow. The measures target Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries, and restrict dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

According to the Kremlin, Putin is yet to decide on Russia's response to the sanctions bill. Asked by a journalist whether Moscow has hope that the bill, which the House of Representatives passed on Tuesday, would be stalled in the Senate or be vetoed by President Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "You probably do, I am not talking about any hope."

The bill, which is yet to be approved by the Senate and the administration of US President Donald Trump, has already prompted criticism within the European Union. France and Germany have so far spoken out against the bill that the US House passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday as one that adversely affects European industries while advancing US commercial interests.

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