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    Moscow is preparing possible measures in response to the United States' extended sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian experts are formulating and proposing possible response measures to the United States' extended sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

    "As the sanctions of all previous years have demonstrated, undoubtedly, the main principle of response to the sanctions is the principle of reciprocity, because it is explicable and understandable. [Moscow] noted sanctions with regret that stakes are still placed on this kind of sanctions rhetoric that is far from constructivism," Peskov told reporters.

    Peskov noted that the sanctions also hinder resolving of the Ukrainian crisis.

    "We issued a statement yesterday. Of course, various options are formulated and offered at the level of experts," he said.

    On June 20, the US Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) introduced sanctions against some 40 individuals and entities on the pretext of their alleged involvement in the ongoing conflict inDonbass. The new sanctions include freezing of assets subject to US jurisdiction and prohibit US individuals from doing business with them. The Department of the Treasury’s move comes after the US Senate voted in favor of extending sanctions against Russia over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election on June 14.

    Since 2014, relations between Russia and the European Union and the United States, deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea's decision to rejoin Russia. Brussels, Washington and their allies introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia on the pretext of its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, which Moscow has repeatedly denied. In response to the restrictive measures, Russia imposed a food embargo on some products originating in countries that have targeted it with sanctions.

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