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Putin says US sanctions ‘counterproductive and senseless’

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls US sanctions against Moscow “counterproductive and senseless” after Washington warned that more “economic pain” was to come.

“Sanctions are actions that are counterproductive and senseless, especially against a country like Russia,” Putin says during a press conference with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.

Putin adds that he hoped Washington would eventually realize “this policy has no future.”

Putin’s remarks come after a senior US Treasury official, Sigal Mandelker, said Tuesday that the US can inflict “much more economic pain… and will not hesitate to do so” if Russia does not cease what she called “malign activity.”

The US government has sanctioned Russian entities over the past several years for meddling in Ukraine, attempting to influence US elections, playing a role in a nerve agent attack in Britain and violating United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

— AFP

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