Putin: We'll have to retaliate against 'illegal' United States sanctions

Putin: We'll have to retaliate against 'illegal' United States sanctions

It's unclear if Trump plans to sign the bill, but it passed with veto-proof majorities in both chambers.

The protocols ratified by Putin spells out further details about Russia's jurisdiction over the space and issued related to the status of Russian servicemen, members of their families and civilian personnel.

Meanwhile, in Finland, Putin noted he'll be holding fire until he sees the sanctions package that finally surfaces as law - if it surfaces at all.

The administration has at times demonstrated a willingness to take a tougher tack against Russian Federation via sanctions.

The bill, which was expected to pass, would be the first major foreign policy legislation approved by Congress under US President Donald Trump, who has struggled to advance his domestic agenda despite Republicans controlling the Senate and House of Representatives.

The Senate backed the bill, which also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea, by a margin of 98-2 with strong support from Mr Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.

He has made clear his understanding that the U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation are the result of domestic political disputes in the United States, rather than Moscow's meddling in the USA elections and its encroachments against Ukraine.

In November Moscow's political elite cheered Trump's election victory, expecting that he would quickly reverse sanctions imposed under President Barack Obama, which included the seizure in December of two Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland.

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The move would mark a belated retaliation for a similar move by President Obama in late 2016 to protest what the USA said was the Kremlin's attempts to meddle in the 2016 us presidential election. Obama said such measures were to punish Moscow for its interference in last year's presidential election. "As for how other states react to this, it depends on the degree of their sovereignty and their readiness to defend their own national interests", Putin stressed.

The decision regarding Russia's response measures to new USA sanctions will be made only after a final version of the relevant U.S. bill appears, Putin said.

Putin was vague on exactly how Russian Federation might respond. "They violate the principles of global trade and the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)".

"As you know, we are exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate".

Commenting on a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Putin said he did not consider it a proper investigation which should imply "investigation of all circumstances, investigation into causes, hearing different parties". "It is impossible to put up forever with this boorishness toward our country". "It's a pity, because acting together we could be solving jointly the most acute problems that worry the peoples of Russian Federation and the United States much more efficiently".

"It is deeply regrettable that the Russian-US relations fell victim to the US internal political disputes", he continued.

Under the protocol, the Russian Air Force are allowed to stay on Syrian territory for 49 years with an option of automatically extending that arrangement for 25-year periods after this term expires.

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