Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference during his annual call-in-show in Moscow.
Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Putin weighs option, calls retaliatory measures ‘premature’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was “premature” to discuss retaliation against a possible new round of sanctions the U.S. is considering against Moscow, Reuters reported Saturday.

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“We need to see how it is all going to be. That is why it is premature to speak publicly about our retaliatory actions,” Putin said according to the state news agency RIA.

Earlier this week the Senate voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Russia. It also approved a measure that would force President Donald Trump to get congressional approval before relaxing any existing sanctions, Reuters reported.

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