Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russian Federation would be forced to respond if the United States imposes what he cast as "illegal" new sanctions against his country, according to various news reports.
"What we are seeing (in the US) is merely anti-Russia hysteria", Putin said, in response to a question from CNN about the state of the relationship in light of the investigation in the US Congress into allegations of Russian election meddling and the possible tightening of US sanctions.
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Senator Mike Enzi said the upper house would vote on the legislation, which also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea. "The response [to sanctions] will depend on the final form of the law now discussed in [the US] Senate that we will see", Russia's President stated.
The bill is the first major foreign policy legislation approved by Congress under Trump, who has struggled to advance his domestic agenda despite Republicans controlling the Senate and House of Representatives.
The bill, which also includes sanctions on Iran and North Korea, has enough bipartisan support that lawmakers could easily override the threatened veto. If passed by the Senate as expected, the bill would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign or veto. The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-3.
The rare bipartisan vote in the House overwhelmingly passed a set of measures meant to punish Russian Federation after the US intelligence community concluded Moscow tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The House, Senate and Justice Department are also investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to sway the election in their favour.
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Elsewhere in his remarks، Putin said warmer ties between Washington and Moscow would help the two sides achieve better results in the "fight with terrorism،" adding that if the two act in agreement، they "could solve very acute problems much more effectively".
The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo.
"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", he said.
The administration has at times demonstrated a willingness to take a tougher tack against Russian Federation via sanctions. "That doesn't make any sense", said Edward Fishman, a former State Department official during the Obama administration who worked on US sanctions policy.
"If it is really the case [approval of sanctions], this arouses deep regrets because such actions imply aggravating circumstances and special cynicism", he said at a press conferences after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
"It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this kind of insolence towards our country", Putin said.
"As you know, we have been very restrained, but at some point you have to respond", news agencies quoted him as saying. "And now these sanctions - they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of global law".