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Russia's Putin, despite sanctions, still hopes for better U.S. ties - Kremlin

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Russia's Putin, despite sanctions, still hopes for better U.S. ties - Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the guest house Meseberg Palace in Gransee, Germany August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt   -   Copyright  AXEL SCHMIDT(Reuters)

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin still hopes to pull Moscow’s ties with Washington out of a deep crisis, but nobody will go into mourning if this ambition is not reciprocated by the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Moscow is bracing itself for a slew of new U.S. sanctions despite Putin meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit in Helsinki in July.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that the new U.S. sanctions proposals were unfriendly and illegal.

(Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn)