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

Moscow will wait and see how new U.S. sanctions targeting Russian Federation would look like if introduced but they are counterproductive for the bilateral ties, Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted at Russia needing to "adjust something" in response to United States sanctions.

Though officially an answer to a question from some Russian citizen, Putin's comments are likely a direct response to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who earlier this week told the Senate Armed Services Committee there was "no indication" Russia was interested in constructive dialogue, and was only interested in treating the USA as a "competitor". "I think this is harmful", Putin the told state-run RIA news agency.

The proposed sanctions still must gain approval from the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump, which is why Putin said he would wait to see how the situation moves forward.

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"We should look how it will happen, that is why, it is too early to speak about our reciprocal measures", Putin said in an interview with the Rossiya 1 TV channel aired on Saturday.

He asked that Congress give the Trump administration "the flexibility to turn up the heat" on Russian Federation, should the need arise in the future.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 16, 2017.

Putin said that "it will of course complicate the Russian-American relationship,".

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