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

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to journalists following a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 15, 2017.

During his annual question and answer session, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Russia does not view the United States as their enemy, and that they are ready for constructive dialogue with the U.S. on a number of issues, saying non-proliferation of WMDs and Syria are areas in particular where cooperation would be possible. It also approved a measure that would force President Donald Trump to get congressional approval before relaxing any existing sanctions, Reuters reported.

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"This will certainly make Russian-American relations more hard. I think this is harmful", Putin said, according to RIA.

The president insisted that USA sanctions would not lead Russian Federation into a "deadlock or a collapse".

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On Wednesday, the US Senate voted in favor of new sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged interference in the US presidential election in 2016, the allegation which Moscow strongly denies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference during his annual call-in-show in Moscow.

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In an interview, he dismissed the proposed sanctions and said they reflect an internal political struggle in the United States.

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