U.S. Sanctions Are 'Absolutely Unlawful': Russia

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe were absolutely unlawful. Lavrov's remarks, reported by Reuters, were made to the upper house of the Russian parliament, which formally approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine and cleared the way for President Vladimir Putin to sign it into law. Meanwhile, Putin told the Russian news agency Interfax that Russia should refrain from retaliating against further U.S. sanctions for the time being.

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