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Moscow vows retaliation as Trump intends to sign Russia sanctions Bill

Will bring no of diplomatic US Embassy in Russia, into strict correspondence with Russians in US

ANI  |  Moscow 

File photo of US President Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the bilateral meeting between both the nations on sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany.(Photo: PTI)
File photo of US President Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the bilateral meeting between both the nations on sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany.(Photo: PTI)

Vowing retaliation over the new sanctions approved by US lawmakers, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that is not ruling out any steps "to bring the US to its senses".

"We are not ruling out any steps, so to say, to bring to their senses those presumptuous Russophobes who are setting the tone on Capitol Hill today," TV quoted Ryabkov as saying.

The statement comes after Moscow's decision to reduce the number of US in and suspend the use of American embassy storage facilities.

A ministry statement sets a September 1 deadline to "bring the number of diplomatic and technical staff at the in Moscow, the consulates general in St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, into strict correspondence with the number of Russian and technical staff currently working in the United States, by Sept. 1, 2017."

will never submit to this kind of techniques. We stand for law, for the fair, consistent finding of necessary solutions to world problems, which can be found only together," Ryabkov said.

The sanctions are aimed at "intimidating the whole world with the consequences of disobeying [America]," according to Ryabkov. The main thing now is to impede US attempts to "impose its will" on the rest of the world, Ryabkov told.

Russia's move came a day after the approved new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and The bill is now headed to President Donald Trump's desk, who has hinted he may veto it, but the bill passed with a veto-proof majority.

The measures were passed by a vote of 98-2 and include sanctions against Russian officials in retaliation for their alleged interference in the

The ministry said the total number of personnel employed in US diplomatic and consular offices in will be reduced to 455 people.

It also suspended as of August 1 the US use of a summer residence in Moscow's Serebryany Bor and storage facilities on Dorozhnaya Street.

"reserves the right to resort to other measures affecting US. interests on a retaliatory basis," it added.

It said has done its "utmost" to normalize bilateral relations and develop cooperation with the US on the important issues.

"The new bill uses political means to create a dishonest competitive advantage for the US in the global economy. This blackmail aimed at restricting Russia's cooperation with its foreign partners threatens many countries and businesses," it added.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin approved the ministry statement as a response to the US"Of course, such measures are impossible without authorization by the president," Peskov was quoted as saying by TASS.

First Published: Sat, July 29 2017. 12:01 IST
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