Putin breaks silence on US sanctions: 'At some moment we'll have to retaliate'

Putin breaks silence on US sanctions: 'At some moment we'll have to retaliate'
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia would have to retaliate against the U.S. if new sanctions are imposed on Moscow.

His comments are the first since a bipartisan bill that places new sanctions on Russia and restricts President Trump's ability to lift sanctions passed the House earlier this week.

"As you know, we are exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate. It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country," Putin said a joint news conference with the president of Finland, according to Reuters.

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"When will our response follow? What will it be?" Putin asked. "That will depend on the final version of the draft law, which is now being debated in the U.S. Senate."

Putin called the proposed sanctions "extremely cynical."

He added they are an effort by Washington to use its "geopolitical advantages ... to safeguard its economic interests at the expense of its allies."

Putin also expressed sorrow the U.S. and Russia could not move forward to focus on solving issues.

"It's very sad that U.S.-Russian relations are being sacrificed to resolve internal policy issues in the U.S," said Putin.

"It's a pity, because acting together we could be solving jointly the most acute problems that worry the peoples of Russia and the United States much more efficiently."

The House on Tuesday easily passed the bipartisan legislation to limit the Trump administration's ability to lift sanctions on Russia. Senate passage of the legislation is expected.