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Kremlin on New US Sanctions: Russia Will Defend its Interests

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View of the Ivan the Great Belfry and the Moscow Kremlin's palaces and churches from the roof of the Lenin Russian State Library, Moscow - Sputnik International
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that Russia will defend its interests after US President Donald Trump signed the new sanctions bill into law.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Countries that have encountered the lawlessness of the US sanctions, including Russia and Iran, will defend their interests, this should be met with understanding, Peskov said.

"Overall, we consider such sanctions policy short-sighted, illegal and unpromising. Therefore, of course, all countries intend to defend their interests, all countries which have encountered such lawlessness intend to and will defend their interests, this should be met with understanding… The fact that Russia will defend its interests and protect its interests should not be surprising to anyone, of course," Peskov told reporters.

In this April 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington after an interview with The Associated Press. - Sputnik International
Trump 'Falls Into a Trap' by Signing New Anti-Russian Sanctions
On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed into law a new bill imposing additional sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. Earlier, the bill was overwhelmingly approved by Senate and the House of Representatives.

The sanctions target Russia's defense, intelligence, mining, shipping and railway industries and restricts dealings with Russian banks and energy companies. The bill also stressed that the United States would continue to oppose the construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The law also limits the US president's ability to ease any sanctions on Russia by requiring Congressional approval to lift any restrictions.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry described the new sanctions as "absolutely illegitimate" and responded with its countermeasures, suspending the use of all US Embassy warehouses and its compound in Moscow. Russia also mandated that the US cut the size of its diplomatic staff in Russia by 755 people by September 1.

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