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 .