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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the media after the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center at the Yanqi Lake venue outskirt of Beijing in China, Monday, May 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

Vladimir Putin warned new sanctions will 'complicate' U.S.-Russia ties


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday warned that new U.S. sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries.

Putin said that "it will of course complicate the Russian-American relationship," according to an interview reported Saturday by the TASS news agency. The Russian leader said it was too early to speak about a possible response

Earlier this week, Putin had this to say about how sanctions could impact Russia.

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election. The bill 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 criticized by Austria and Germany for promoting U.S. economic interests.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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