Realizing that the approval of the new package of sanctions was inevitable, Putin fired back even before Trump signed the measure.
President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a bilateral meeting. "Moreover, we believe that these relations must be advanced in the interests of peace and global stability and in the interests of settling crucial world and regional problems", Peskov concluded.
Cohen's email marked the most direct interaction documented so far, of a top Trump aide and a similarly senior member of Putin's government. Washington also closed two Russian diplomatic compounds in NY and Maryland.
The administration official told reporters on Thursday that "the president was being sarcastic" and that the diplomatic personnel - both Russian and American - affected by Russia's embassy cuts had been taken care of by the U.S. "in different ways".
Congressional investigators first asked Cohen for records in May, and lawmakers had expected him to testify in September.
But Russia also said it was not likely to take steps to increase diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
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Russia's order also came after the Obama administration in late December expelled 35 Russian diplomats in response to alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election. The Russians promised a tough response to this move by Washington.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dimitry Peskov, confirmed to reporters in Moscow this week that a Cohen email was sent to the general email address for his office.
Other sanctions followed from the Treasury Department throughout 2014, targeting the Russian financial services, energy and defense sectors, among other areas.
"Lavrov also said that the sanctions bill passed by the Congress is aimed more at Trump than at Russian Federation, as US legislators seek to prevent him from fully using his constitutional powers as far as foreign policy goes".
"We waited for quite a long time that, perhaps, something will change for the better, we held out hope that the situation would somehow change", Mr. Putin said in an interview on state-run Rossiya 1 television, which published a Russian-language transcript on its website. "The bill remains seriously flawed - particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate", Trump said.
August 21: The U.S. Embassy stops issuing visas to Russians as a diplomatic spat worsens.
The U.S. Department of State announced Thursday that it is ordering the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco and two annexes in NY and Washington, D.C.