Krem­lin warns against ‘harm­ful’ new US sanc­tions on Rus­sia

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Moscow, Rus­sia - The Krem­lin on Mon­day warned that new US sanc­tions on Rus­sia would hit the in­ter­ests of both sides as Congress gears up to ap­proved fresh puni­tive mea­sures.

“We con­sider such a con­tin­u­a­tion of the rhetoric of sanc­tions counter-pro­duc­tive and harm­ful to the in­ter­ests of both coun­tries,” Krem­lin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

In mid-June, the US Se­nate over­whelm­ingly passed tough sanc­tions, but the text stalled in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, un­til agree­ment was reached on Satur­day.

The House is now set to vote on Tues­day on a bill that tar­gets Rus­sia - for its al­leged med­dling in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and its an­nex­a­tion of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 - as well as Iran and North Korea, for its bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests.

Ini­tially, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­sisted the leg­is­la­tion, which would pre­vent him from uni­lat­er­ally eas­ing penal­ties against Moscow in the fu­ture - ef­fec­tively plac­ing him un­der Congress’ watch.

But Trump seems to be left with lit­tle op­tion but to sign off on the move as a po­lit­i­cal firestorm swirls over po­ten­tial col­lu­sion be­tween his cam­paign and Rus­sia.

Peskov said the Krem­lin is still wait­ing and watch­ing to see if Trump will ap­prove the mea­sures, af­ter White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor An­thony Scara­mucci said that the US leader was weigh­ing his de­ci­sion.

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