MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Russia is still ready to mend tieswith the United States despite the prospect of new sanctionsbrought by Washington's newly released "Kremlin list," RussianPresident Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
The U.S. Treasury Department late Monday published a list of 114Russian political figures and 96 business leaders widely seen aspotential targets for new sanctions, although the documentspecifies that it should not be interpreted as a sanctionslist.
"It is definitely an unfriendly act. It complicates Russia-U.S.relations Jakub Voracek Jersey , which are in a difficult situation even without this,and it also causes damage to the international relations ingeneral," Putin said at a meeting with the trustees of hispresidential campaign.
While underscoring that Russia cannot "surrender positionsendlessly," the president said that Moscow is not interested insevering ties with Washington.
Instead, it wanted to develop stable relations with Washingtonbased on international law and the two major nuclear powers areexpected by their peoples to "build up their ties in a modern waywith respect to each other," he said.
"We are not going to pick a fight and to aggravate thesituation. We want and will be building relations patiently Shayne Gostisbehere Jersey , as faras the other side is ready, the American side in this case," Putinsaid.
He said Moscow had expected the publication of the list and wasready to take steps in response, which "could drive our relationstowards an absolute zero."
However, Russia would refrain from such steps for the time beingand would attentively monitor the development of the situation,Putin said.
According to the Treasury Claude Giroux Jersey , each figure in the "Kremlin report"has an estimated net worth of 1 billion U.S. dollars.
The document also has classified annexes, which includeindividuals with a lower official position or with a net worthbelow 1 billion dollars, as well as companies with state ownershipof at least 25 percent and with 2016 revenues of 2 billion dollarsor more. Enditem
The Kremlin said on Monday it did not regard opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a political threat to the upcoming presidential election and that protests he had organized on Sunday had been sparsely attended in places.
Navalny, who has been barred from running over what he says is a trumped-up suspended prison sentence, has called on voters to boycott what he says will be a rigged election on March 18.
Opinion polls show incumbent President Vladimir Putin is on track to be easily re-elected.
Though unlikely to influence the result, Navalny's call for a boycott attracted thousands of protesters to rallies across Russia on Sunday Nolan Patrick Jersey , which saw the opposition leader detained by the police for several hours.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday it was unlikely that anyone could compete with Putin in the race.
"Putin is an absolute leader in the public's opinion, a leader of the political Olympus, with whom at this stage it is unlikely anyone could compete," Peskov said.
He said some of the protests had been thinly attended.
Asked whether the Kremlin considered Navalny a threat, Peskov said "no."
Around 1,500 protesters converged at a square adjacent to the Kremlin on Sunday Wayne Simmonds Jersey , with hundreds also attending rallies in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-biggest city, in Yekaterinburg in the Ural mountains, and other major centers.
Moments after Navalny appeared at Sunday's rally in Moscow he was wrestled into a patrol wagon and taken into detention.
He was released around midnight without charges, his lawyer Olga Mikhailova said, but would face court at a later date.
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