Russian Reaction to Follow if US Adopts Sanctions Bill

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that if the United States tries to adopt any additional unilateral measures against Russia as part of its "anti-Russian frenzy," Moscow's reaction will follow.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — If the United States tries to adopt any additional unilateral measures against Russia as part of its "anti-Russian frenzy," Moscow's reaction will follow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Wednesday.

"If the United States tries to adopt something else to hurt us as part of its anti-Russian frenzy, which characterizes many politicians and responsible persons there, a mirror reaction will follow," Ryabkov said while aired by Rossiya 1.

According to Ryabkov, this is a "negative spiral."

"We call on the US side to refrain from such destructive actions," the deputy foreign minister said, adding that this issue was discussed during his meeting with US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft earlier in the day.

On Friday the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia was suspending on August 1 the use of all warehouses in Moscow and a compound in the Serebryany Bor park by the US embassy. The ministry also called on the United States to cut down the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people.

The move came after the US Senate's approval of a bill imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea and limiting US President Donald Trump's ability to lift the restrictions on Moscow.

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