Russian diplomat calls new US sanctions attempt to influence Russia ahead of election

Russian diplomat calls new US sanctions attempt to influence Russia ahead of election

Russia's deputy foreign minister accused the Trump administration of trying to influence Russian elections on Saturday with new sanctions aimed at punishing the country over meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Sergei Ryabkov called the intended sanctions, expected as early as February, "another attempt" by the U.S. to meddle in Russian politics, Reuters reported.


“We see this as yet another attempt to influence our internal situation, especially ahead of the presidential election,” he said.

The U.S. also plans to release two reports with the new rounds of sanctions, according to the news service, one of which details the effects of sanctions so far and one that details the likely growing number of Russian companies and officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury.

The new round of sanctions could include a ban on purchasing Russian treasury bonds, Reuters also reported.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE signed a new wave of sanctions into law in August, which included a provision preventing the White House from undoing them.

In a sharply-worded statement last year while signing the bill, Trump attacked Congress for limiting the White House's power to make deals with Russia, China and North Korea.

“By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together,” Trump said.

Russia is widely accepted by U.S. intelligence agencies to have meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Last year, Facebook and Twitter announced that millions of Americans were targeted by Russian-placed advertisements during the campaign.