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Russia slams fresh US sanctions, says move is a blow to normalising ties

Washington's move complicates negotiations between the two countries: Sergey Ryabkov

IANS  |  Moscow 

Trump, with Putin, predicts 'positive things' for US, Russia
US President Donald Trump (right) offered no details about what issues he and the Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed, describing them only as ‘various things’. Photo: Reuters

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister on Wednesday slammed the US move to impose fresh sanctions on Moscow, calling it "destruction of prospects for normalising relations between the two countries".

Ryabkov's comments came after the US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a package of further punitive measures for Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 and its 2014 of the Crimea.

"What is happening is beyond common sense," Ryabkov told Russia's official TASS news agency. "The authors and sponsors of this bill are making a very serious step towards destruction of prospects for normalising relations with "

He said the approval of the law "would be the work of the enemies of and the US".

Ryabkov also said that Washington's move had complicated negotiations between the two countries about the reutrn of seized Russian diplomatic property in the US.

"The US executive authority's capabilities to make the only correct decision to return to us the diplomatic property without any conditions are significantly narrowed... Therefore, of course our dialogue on this topic becomes even more difficult," Sputnik news agency quoted Ryabkov as telling RIA Novosti.

The bill awaits a final vote in the Senate before it can be presented to US President Donald Trump, who has the power to veto the measure. Ryabkov called the result of the vote "predicted" and said that the sanctions bill would soon be approved by the

The bill also includes extended punitive measures against and Iran and would limit Trump's capacity to ease sanctions on in the future without seeking the approval of

Since taking over at the White House in January, Trump had been fighting off accusations that members of his election campaign team colluded with Russia in order to gather damaging information against his Democrat opponent

First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 18:16 IST