Russia says latest US sanctions not constructive, mulling options for possible retaliation

The Kremlin has voiced regret about the new US sanctions against Russia and warned of possible retaliation, amid tensions.

AP June 21, 2017 18:14:10 IST
Russia says latest US sanctions not constructive, mulling options for possible retaliation

Moscow: The Kremlin has voiced regret about the new US sanctions against Russia and warned of possible retaliation.

Russia says latest US sanctions not constructive mulling options for possible retaliation

File image of Russian president Vladimir Putin. AP

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that the US move wasn't constructive, adding that "various options are being considered on expert level."

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals and firms over Russian activities in Ukraine. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the penalties are designed to "maintain pressure on Russia to work toward a diplomatic solution."

Russia-US relations have remained tense even as the White House considers scheduling President Donald Trump's meeting with Putin on the sidelines of next month's Group of 20 meeting.

Peskov reaffirmed the possibility of such a meeting, but said that no preparations had been made yet.

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