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Russia FM: new US sanctions sign of 'Russo-phobic obsession'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 20/06/2017
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) © The Associated Press Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW — Russia's foreign minister has deplored the new U.S. sanctions against Moscow as groundless.

Sergey Lavrov said the new restrictions "don't help to improve the climate." Speaking in Moscow Tuesday following talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Lavrov said he could "only voice regret about the Russo-phobic obsession of our American colleagues ... that has gone beyond any limits."

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals and firms over Russian activities in Ukraine. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the penalties are designed to "maintain pressure on Russia to work toward a diplomatic solution."

Russia-U.S. relations have remained tense even as the White House considers scheduling President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of next month's G20 meeting.

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