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Moscow about new US sanctions: We will answer to that

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Russia’s Foreign Ministry has censured fresh US sanctions imposed against a number of Russian individuals and companies over Moscow's alleged role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced its new round of sanctions against 11 more Russian individuals and another 15 companies.

The bans "not only destroy US-Russian relations; they also hinder collaboration in solving other global problems," Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, adding, "Of course, this will not be left without a reaction from us.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia could retaliate against the sanctions on an asymmetrical basis.

“We can’t exclude any asymmetric actions. However, this is not our goal,” Peskov said, adding, “Our attitude towards US sanctions is well known: we consider these sanctions illegal, against international laws and damaging bilateral relations.”

The US Embassy in Moscow said the extended bans were a "routine step to strengthen existing sanctions measures."

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