- Title: Kremlin says White House line on sanctions is contradictory
- Date: 2nd August 2017
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AUGUST 1, 2017) (REUTERS) KREMLIN AND PEOPLE IN RED SQUARE TOWER CLOCK KREMLIN SENATE RUSSIAN FLAG ON TOP
- Embargoed: 16th August 2017 11:29
- Keywords: Russia Peskov Kremlin spokesman Russia-U.S. relations Trump Putin
- Location: MOSCOW AND ARKHANGELSK, RUSSIA / UNKNOWN LOCATION
- City: MOSCOW AND ARKHANGELSK, RUSSIA / UNKNOWN LOCATION
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SGRL8N
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- Story Text: The Kremlin said on Wednesday (August 2) it is hearing contradictory statements from the White House on new sanctions on Russia that have been approved by the U.S. Congress.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's has said he and President Donald Trump did not believe the new sanctions would "be helpful to our efforts" on diplomacy with Russia. But the White House has also said Trump intends to sign the sanctions into law.
Asked about Tillerson's comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "We have not heard such statements. We note there is a certain contradiction in the statements being voiced in the White House."
Peskov also told reporters that Russians private citizens fighting alongside the Syrian army are volunteers and the Russian Defence Ministry did not send them to Syria.
The government has previously denied understating casualty figures in Syria, where Moscow entered the conflict nearly two years ago in support of President Bashar al-Assad, one of its closest Middle East allies.
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