- Title: Russia's response to U.S. sanctions to hinge on final bill text -Putin
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: SAVONLINNA, FINLAND (JULY 27, 2017) (RUSSIAN POOL) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND FINNISH PRESIDENT SAULI NIINISTO GIVING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (STARTS OVER SHOT OF JOURNALIST LISTENING): "I can give a direct answer. Of course we are very sorry, we are sorry because (OVER PUTIN SPEAKING) by acting jointly we could have solved more effectively the very acute issues that are of concern to both the people of Russia and (OVER JOURNALIST) the United States. This is the settlement of (BACK TO PUTIN) acute international crises, the fight against terrorism, care for preservation of nature, solution to ecological problems, fighting against illegal migration, with organised crime and so on, the development of the economy after all." CAMERA OPERATORS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (OVER PUTIN AND NIINISTO AT NEWS CONFERENCE): "I hope that today's state of affairs will end one day and we will come to a different quality in our relations and will strengthen and develop them (OVER MEDIA) in the interest of the people of the United States and the Russian Federation." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I do not consider it to be an investigation, because an investigation means finding out in complete all the circumstances, study of the reasons and hearing all the sides. And we only see a growth of anti-Russian hysteria. It is most likely the use of Russophobic instruments in the internal political struggle." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (STARTS OVER WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE): "The sanctions are obviously illegal from the point of view of the international law. (OVER JOURNALIST LISTENING). They violate the principles of international trade and the rules of the World Trade Organisation. But as you know (BACK TO PUTIN) we are measured in our reactions and patient. (OVER WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE) But at some point (BACK TO PUTIN) we will have to respond. It is impossible to endlessly endure offensive behaviour towards our country (OVER MEDIA). But, when this answer comes and what it will be will depend on (BACK TOP PUTIN) the final version of the law which is being discussed now." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "If the same thing happens in this case, it is particularly regrettable, because these are already acts with aggravating circumstances and, I would say, with special cynicism, (OVER JOURNALISTS LISTENING) because it is an obvious attempt to use its geopolitical advantages in a competitive struggle with an aim to secure its own economic interests at the expense of allies in this case." PHOTOGRAPHERS PUTIN AND NIINISTO SHAKING HANDS
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- Keywords: Vladimir Putin gives news conference sanctions against Russia anti-Russian sanctions U.S.-Russia relations cooperations between Russia and U.S.
- Location: SAVONLINNA, FINLAND
- City: SAVONLINNA, FINLAND
- Country: Finland
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RMTGSN
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- Story Text:President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (July 27) Russia would be forced to retaliate at some point if Washington pressed ahead with new sanctions against Moscow, but said his response would depend on the final text of the proposed law.
Russia was speaking after the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on Moscow and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Russia.
Putin, on a visit to Finland, said the proposed U.S. sanctions were "extremely cynical" and an attempt by Washington to safeguard its own geopolitical interests at the expense of its allies in Europe.
Investigations into Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential elections were merely a symptom of growing anti-Russian hysteria in the United States, Putin said.
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