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Putin says new sanctions would 'complicate the Russian-American relationship'

The new package of sanctions against Russia which the Senate overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday would "complicate the Russian-American relationship," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview Saturday. "I think this is harmful," Putin added, calling the move "premature."

The bipartisan sanctions bill is intended to punish Russian meddling in the 2016 election, military intervention in Syria, and annexation of Crimea in 2014. The measure has been sent to the White House for signature or veto; President Trump has not yet indicated what he intends to do.