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29 July 2017, 12:34 | Floyd Cook
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Mr. Putin's statement Thursday also broke from the Kremlin's more dismissive statements about the effect of sanctions enacted after the Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Moscow, Putin warned, can not "put up forever with this boorishness".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has deplored a new round of USA sanctions on his country، saying Moscow will definitively respond to the embargos if they are implemented، according to PressTV.
If Trump chooses to veto it, the bill is expected to garner enough support in both chambers to override his veto and pass it into law.
Any action will be decided by Putin - Russia's strongman leader.
Republicans and Democrats have pushed for more sanctions partly as a response to conclusions by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered in the election. But now the president will face a decision he had hoped to avoid as the legislation slowly churned through Congress.
Putin, who has repeatedly denied U.S. allegations that Russian Federation interfered with last year's United States presidential election, said Moscow would only decide on how to retaliate against Washington once it had seen the final text of the proposed law.
"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", Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, told CNN on Thursday. The Trump administration does not seem to have a problem with those particular sanctions.
Although Trump has repeatedly spoken of a desire for improved relations with Russian Federation, the electoral interference allegations have prompted Democrats and Republicans to unite in support of tougher sanctions.
"When Putin mentioned "neutral countries in the Baltic sphere" and "Finnish independent foreign policy", he sent the message he does not want to see all of the Baltic basin as members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", said Kanerva.
Nevertheless he did not give any detail on what Russia's response could be, saying simply: "we will see", adding that he had not seen the final version of the U.S. sanctions bill. "It is a pity that relations are being sacrificed due to a domestic American issue", Putin said at a press conference in Savonlinna, Finland.
In November Moscow's political elite cheered Trump's election victory, expecting that he would quickly reverse sanctions imposed under President Barack Obama, which included the seizure in December of two Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland.
The Russian strongman criticised the probe into Russian meddling in the USA presidential election, saying that he "does not see this as an investigation".
Putin then spoke about the ongoing investigations. He added, "We see just an increase in anti-Russia hysteria".
"The sanctions are absolutely illegal from the perspective of global law and they violate the principles of worldwide trade and World Trade Organisation rules ... we are being very restrained and patient, but at some point, we will have to respond", the Russian president noted, adding that his response would hinge on the final draft of the sanctions bill ratified by the Senate and signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Putin was vague on exactly how Russian Federation might respond.
Before that, other top Russian officials piled criticism on the United States for the seizure of two Russian compounds on USA soil, a measure taken at the end of the Obama Administration over the intelligence information that Moscow tried to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections. But he indicated this would not continue indefinitely.
"At some moment we'll have to retaliate. It is impossible to constantly tolerate loutish behavior towards our country", he said.
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