Putin Warns New Sanctions Will Complicate Russian-US Ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that new US sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries. Speaking on Saturday, Putin affirmed, "It will of course complicate the Russian-American relationship," according to an interview reported by the TASS news agency. Russian media reported that the US Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election. The bill, which passed 98-2, targets Russian individuals accused of corruption and key sectors of the Russian economy. Putin said that Russia would be forced to make changes because of the sanctions, but they wouldn't lead to a "collapse". The penalties have been criticised by Austria and Germany for promoting US economic interests.