The U.S. Congress has readied new sanctions on Russian weapons
companies and investors in the country's high-tech oil projects, but
U.S. President Barack Obama has yet to sign a corresponding bill
"We will not be able to leave that without an answer," Russia's
Interfax news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying. He did not say what
form of counter-measure Moscow might take.
Relations between Russia and the United States are at their lowest
since the Cold War because of Russia's annexation of Crimea from
Ukraine in March and its support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern
The West says it has firm evidence that Russia has armed the rebels
- an accusation that Moscow rejects - and has, together with the
European Union, imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on
Russian individuals and large companies.
Russia retaliated to the earlier sanctions by restricting food
imports from a range of Western countries.
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Russia on Friday criticized the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, which
foresees further sanctions, saying Washington was doing its utmost
to "destroy the carcass of cooperation" between the two countries.
(Reporting by Alexander Winning; editing by Ralph Boulton)
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