Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, reacts during a joint media conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland, on Thursday July 27, 2017. (Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva via AP)
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President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia would be forced to retaliate if Washington pressed ahead with what he called illegal new sanctions against Moscow, describing U.S. conduct as boorish and unreasonable.Putin, speaking on a visit to Finland, was commenting on a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives which Tuesday decided to impose new sanctions on Moscow and to force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Russia. Putin, who has repeatedly denied U.S. allegations that Russia interfered with last year's U.S. presidential election, said Moscow would only decide on how to retaliate against Washington once it had seen the final text of the proposed law.
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