The Kremlin on Monday warned that new US sanctions on Russia would hit the interests of both sides as Congress gears up to approved fresh punitive measures .

“We consider such a continuation of the rhetoric of sanctions counter-productive and harmful to the interests of both countries,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

In mid – June , the US Senate overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions, but the text stalled in the House of Representatives , until agreement was reached on Saturday.

The House is now set to vote Tuesday on a bill that targets Russia — for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 — as well as Iran and North Korea , for its ballistic missile tests.

Initially , US President Donald Trump resisted the legislation , which would prevent him from unilaterally easing penalties against Moscow in the future — effectively placing him under Congress ’ s watch .

But he seems to be left with little option but to sign off on the move as a political firestorm swirls over potential collusion between his campaign and Russia .

Peskov said the Kremlin is still waiting and watching to see if Trump will approve the measures , after White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said the US leader was weighing his decision.

Before Trump definitively takes a decision it is too early to talk about any potential counter measure from Moscow , Peskov said.

Ties between Moscow and Washington have slumped to their lowest since the Cold War as the US slapped sanctions on Moscow over it meddling in Ukraine .

Russia had hoped that Trump ’s election might ease relations between the two sides , but those prospects have dimmed in the face of a major political pushback in Washington .


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