Putin Condemns US 'Impudence' as Congress Pushes New Sanctions

Putin says Russia fed up with US insolence

The rare bipartisan vote in the House overwhelmingly passed a set of measures meant to punish Russian Federation after the USA intelligence community concluded Moscow tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking to reporters after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Putin said Russian Federation had joined China in military exercises before and that they were not aimed at any third party.

The Russian strongman criticised the probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, saying that he "does not see this as an investigation".

The legislation all but dashes Trump's hopes for warmer ties with Moscow as his administration is dogged by congressional and special counsel investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election to sway it in Trump's favor.

Russian officials had initially hoped for better relations with the US under a Trump presidency, and Russia had been measured in its responses to Washington's steps to punish Moscow.

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"The cooperation of Russian Federation and China, in its totality including the military component, is one of the most important elements of security and stability in the world".

On his part, Sauli Niinisto said he did not quite share the view that it was an attempt to validate USA laws outside the country, but said the issue was alleged attempt to influence the US elections.

Local analysts noted possible new US sanctions against Russian Federation could affect the expansion of the Baltic gas pipelines known as Nordstream 2.

Putin arrived for a one-day visit in Finland by helicopter at an airport near the southeastern town of Savonlinna for talks with Niinisto in the country's picturesque lake district. If U.S. sanctions target western energy companies involved in Nordstream 2, a suspension of the project would be possible.

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