Russia's Lavrov says new U.S. sanctions harm ties with Washington

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 22, 2017 12:35 PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson on Thursday that new sanctions imposed by Washington on Russia would damage relations between the two countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Actions of this kind, put the entire sphere of Russian-American relations at serious risk," the ministry quoted Lavrov as saying in a phone call with Tillerson.

Lavrov said Moscow was still waiting for a U.S. response to earlier proposals to improve ties, and Washington's latest actions in Syria violated the sovereignty of the Arab country.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs and Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Heavens)