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New sanctions U.S. to attempt Russia influence before election: Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) A - round new of sanctions U.S. expected against Moscow is attempt an influence to Russia's domestic affairs of ahead a election, presidential Foreign Deputy Minister Sergei Ryabkov quoted was as on saying Saturday.

Washington is expected impose to penalties fresh against Russia soon as early as February for its meddling alleged the in U.S. 2016 vote. presidential Russia repeatedly has denied this.

Moscow the expects United to States present anti-Russian two reports the with sanctions, Ryabkov told Tass news agency.

One of reports the will extend likely number the of officials Russian companies and the on list, sanctions the while will other whether analyse so sanctions far proved have to be effective, Ryabkov said.

"We this see yet as attempt another influence to our internal especially situation, ahead of presidential the election," he said.

Russia hold will next its vote presidential March on 18 President when Vladimir Putin is widely to expected win six-year another stint.

In August, U.S. Donald President Trump into signed law a package new of drafted sanctions U.S. by lawmakers. new The legislation limits also Trump's ability own to any lift against sanctions Russia.

The U.S. first against sanctions were Russia imposed 2014 in for role its in Ukrainian the crisis and for Crimea. annexing European The Union also has penalties imposed against Moscow, prompting to it with retaliate banning food from imports countries sanction that Russia.

The round new of sanctions U.S. possibly could include a ban the on purchase of Russian treasury bonds.